Completed in 1859, on the eve of the Civil War, slave auctions were held in this shed, once part of a complex of buildings known as Ryan’s Mart. Slaves stood chained on auction tables here, 3-feet high and 10-feet long, placed lengthwise so potential buyers could examine them during the sale. Slave auctions ended in 1863. Now a poignant museum dedicated to African-American history and the slave trade, rare recordings of ex-slaves are preserved inside, along with a permanent exhibit, “Triumph over Slavery.”
Old Slave Mart Museum
6 Chalmers St
Our Rating Hours Mon–Sat 9am–5pm Phone 843/958-6467 Prices Admission $7
Map6 Chalmers St Charleston
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