JUNE 28, 2012
A VISIT TO THE OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM
Today I visited THE OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM located a 6 Chalmers Street.
The Old Slave Mart Museum
6 Chalmers Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Photo by John White (2011)
The Museum is in one of the original buildings known as RAMS MART where slave traders came to buy & sell slaves in the mid 19th Century.
One of the 1st displays includes a recording made by Elijah Green who was born on King Street in Charleston in 1943.
Augustus Ladson of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) made this & other recordings of former slaves in 1937.
The original Old Slave Mart Museum opened the following year, 1938.
As a history teacher I knew that "prime" slaves sold for about $1500, but I learned today that in the value of today's money that would be more than $30,000.
The museum includes a lower & upper floor. The admission price is very reasonable: $7 adults, $5 children/seniors.
You can find more information by checking out their website at www.oldslavemart.org.