Best Place to Get Chills About History

Slave Mart Museum

Staff Pick

Take a group of seventh graders into the Slave Mart Museum and watch their giggling and snickering bravado drop away as they are told about the "dead house" where sick and dying people were quarantined to keep the other people up for sale healthy and able to fetch a good price. The pain of slavery, of families ripped apart at auction, can be felt in this small building tucked away on Chalmers Street. It's the only building left in South Carolina that was used for slave auctions, and the museum tells the devastating story with reverence and respect for the people who were treated like chattel. The museum turns pieces of property into real people with real stories and legacies. After ogling all those pretty houses down South of Broad, it's worthwhile to dip in here and get a chilling look at the real history of how Charleston came to be.
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