Maritime Museum Gallery, South Carolina
The Old Market Building, also known as The Rice Museum to indicate the impact rice has had on South Carolina through artefacts, artworks among others. The Old Market building which was a slave market is now a place that houses the Maritime Museum Gallery and the Browns Ferry Vessel which is the oldest vessel on exhibit in the United States. Georgetown County had one of the largest slave-holding plantations in South Carolina. The Old Market Building hosted Senegalese, Gambians and Angolans who were captured for their rice growing skills and sold by Europeans to American traders. These slaves worked in the humid and marshy areas of the lower South where the rice fields were located. The Rice Museum was once a Townhall, a jail, an open-air market and a slave market.