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Historic Charleston

One of the oldest cities in the country, Charleston is often described as a living museum with its numerous historic sites. Explore the city’s rich past at these historic locations.

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Old Slave Mart Museum

Delve into Charleston’s historic role in the inter-state slave trade at the site where the slave auctions occurred. After the US Constitution was ratified in 1780 to include a ban on the importation of African slaves, the demand for domestic slaves increased. The museum not only tells the history of the city’s slave trade, but also the stories and the cultural legacies of the African-Americans who passed through Charleston.

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