These popular landmarks in the U.S. were once slave market sites

Fatiatu Inusah Apr 19, 2019 at 01:00pm

April 19, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

Fatiatu Inusah

Fatiatu Inusah | Contributor

April 19, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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Old Slave Mart Museum. Pic credit: South Carolina Picture Project

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Charleston is unarguably one of the famous slave centres during the slave trade. It recorded some of the most gruesome treatments meted out to slaves. The city of Charleston which was voted among 15 of the best cities to visit by the Travel and Leisure Magazine was built and sustained by slave trade for two centuries. The Old Slave Mart is probably the only slave auction site known in Charleston, currently. It used to be a part of a larger complex of buildings which had a slave jail. The property has been a place for many things in recent times following a series of occupation by different people. Between 1878 and 1937, it was a Negro tenement and then an auto repair shop. In 1938, Miriam Wilson purchased the place and turned into a museum of African American Arts and Crafts. In 1988, the city of Charleston acquired the property and reopened it in 2007 as a historic site and museum.

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