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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
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History Comes Alive

Perhaps the most striking thing about this self-guided tour of the Museum, is listening to the recordings of some of the very last humans to be held in bondage, in the United... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Old Slave Mart Museum on MLK Holiday witch was very awe inspiring on such a day of remembrance. The details and history of this very dark period of our nation is depicted very admirably with amazing drawings, illustrations, artifacts, and actual interviews of former slaves in their later years. Truly and experience not to be missed. It... More 

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Piscataway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Perhaps the most striking thing about this self-guided tour of the Museum, is listening to the recordings of some of the very last humans to be held in bondage, in the United States. Their first person accounts of the horrors associated with slavery, brings a chill to think that it was once considered permissible, at all. What also surprised me,... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the most moving and emotional museums we have ever been to. It was actually a slave marketplace. The shackles, etc., are on display. The voices of slaves (interviewed later in their lives) can be heard. Although this is a small and "under-advertised" museaum, it's one that should not be missed. It is impossible to visit here... More 

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albuquerque
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A quaint display about a very heavy period of history. The whole museum did not give one a sense of what it ment to be ripped from Africa stacked on slave ships cleaned and put on an auction block. Very few artifacts way too many words.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss a chance to learn more about slavery both in Charleston and the rest of the Americas. Exhibits include artifacts, audio, artwork and written pieces. Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project provides a moving and knowledgeable introduction. A self-paced tour in the original building where enslaved Africans were sold.

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Union, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my most anticipated tours. It was not their fault, but there really was very few artifacts or exhibits of the slave sales activity.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Museum is just a small amount of original space of the building used to sell and house slaves, but it does give you a good feel for what they went through. Most interesting was the fact that only 5% of Africans taken out of Africa came to the US. I had thought the US was bigger part of the... More 

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our adult son selected this as a place to visit, and we are so glad we did. It provided the history of the slave trade in Charleston and throughout the country. The exhibits were moving and very sad. Allow around an hour to go through everything thoroughly.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best museums I have visited. The information is factual and gives the visitor a real sense of the process when buying and trading slaves in the era it took place. Very moving visit...

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Santa Cruz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others have mentioned, this is a small museum, but well worth a visit. The thing that impacted me most was the woman at the front desk. She wasn't going to let me get away with buying a ticket and walking away. She had her own stories to tell and forced us to think about the painful history of the... More 

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