Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hints of Slave Row
In the clearing before you – although no visible signs remain – a row of six slave cabins may have stood.
Written records reveal little about the slaves’ lives, but all plantations demanded hard field labor. Perhaps this row of small houses offered the comfort of community, if the overseer didn’t interfere. Despite their status, the slaves retained elements of their African culture, comprising distinct customs, language and religion.
Slaves listed in the landowner’s will from 1861 include Venus, Pompey, James, John, Sarah, Abram, and Carolina. Mostly of European origin, these names reflect the owners attempt to separate the enslaved from their heritage. They were among the last victims of a culture that started when three enslaved Africans arrived as Charles Towne began in 1670.
Location. 32° 48.226′ N, 79° 59.192′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Charles Towne (within shouting distance In Trust (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Search Goes On (about 300 feet away); Site of Old Charles Town (about 400 feet away); Stained Dirt?! (about 500 feet away); Foundations of the Southern Plantation (about 500 feet away); Ghost Structure (about 600 feet away); A Temporary Home? (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. A map that is located on the right side of the marker shows the location of the Legare Waring Mansion and the houses on Slave Row. It has a caption of “This 1836 map suggests that six slave houses were situated in this area, creating what is called a “slave row.” The cabins built after Charles Towne relocated were demolished in the 1930s by a caretaker who sold the materials for profit.”
A photo of various “slave artifacts” is on the lower left of the marker, with a caption of “When 1999’s Hurricane Floyd uprooted a large oak here, slave artifacts were discovered underneath.
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.