Old Slave Mart Museum to honor Black History Month in February

The Old Slave Mart Museum on Chalmers Street features artifacts, photos and other relics that give a glimpse into the history of slavery’s harsh realities. (Source: CharlestoNspired)

Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum will honor Black History Month and will be open Sundays in February, the city announced.

The museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays during February, Charleston city spokesman Jack O’Toole said.

You’ll find the building at 6 Chalmers Street. It remains the only known building used as a slave auction gallery in South Carolina. It once stood as part of a complex of buildings known as Ryan’s Mart between Chalmers and Queen Streets.

The City of Charleston now owns and operates the Old Slave Mart Museum. It recounts the story of Charleston’s role in the inter-state slave trade. It features artifacts, photos and other relics that give a glimpse into the history of slavery’s harsh realities.

“The Old Slave Mart Museum serves an important role in telling the full history of Charleston,” Operations Director Ista Clarke said. “We are glad to open our doors every day this month to our visitors to help us share in remembering all that happened here.”

The building became a museum in 1937 and opened and closed several times over the decades. The City of Charleston opened it to the public in 2007.

Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, teachers and military personnel.

City of Charleston employees and their immediate family can visit the museum for free in February, O’Toole said.

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