The Seattle Times

Alice Short / MCT

Monday, April 28, 2014

From elegant homes to slave history in Charleston

The Old Slave Mart Museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in the inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here. In the seven decades between the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the Civil War, more than one million American-born slaves were sold away from plantations in the upper South to work the rapidly expanding cotton and sugar plantations in the lower South.