Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers St Charleston

Historic Tour of Charleston/Old Slave Mart Museum
VAMONDE Charleston
Written By VAMONDE Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum

Constructed in 1859, this former private slave auction facility is believed to be the last in South Carolina. It was originally part of a market known as Ryan's Slave Mart, established in 1856 by Charleston City Councilman Thomas Ryan. It was established due to the ban on public slave auctions. It held slave auctions until about 1863 and was closed down when the Union Army occupied Charleston in 1865. The museum has operated on and off since 1938, and in 1975 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about the history of the Old Slave Mart, and slave auctions in South Carolina in general, in the video below.

The museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and closed on Sundays. Adult admission is $7, Military, Students, Seniors and children 7-17 are $5, and children under 6 are free (prices subject to change).

Cover Photo By Brian Stansberry - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10411286

Historic Tour of Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum

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