Old Slave Mart


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Old Slave Mart


Stand on the only remaining site used as a gallery in South Carolina’s slave auctions. The Old Slave Mart was once part of Ryan’s Mart, a complex that spread from Chalmers to Queen streets, and included a brick-enclosed yard, a slave jail, a kitchen and a “dead house,” or morgue.

Slave auctions took place on this site until November 1863. After the Civil War, the property underwent many ownership changes and served many functions, including periods as an auto repair shop and tenement housing. Then sisters Judith Wragg Chase and Louise Wragg Graves took over the Old Slave Mart in 1964, placed it on the National Register of Historic Places, and opened the museum that still exists here today. View artifacts, timelines, and African arts and crafts that illustrate Charleston’s role in the slave trade.

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