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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Slave Auctions

 
 
Slave Auctions Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 28, 2019
1. Slave Auctions Marker Side 1
Inscription.  Charleston was one of the largest slave trading cities in the U.S. In the 1800s, the area around the Old Exchange Building was one of the most common sites of downtown slave auctions. Along with real estate and other personal property, thousands of enslaved people were sold here as early as 1770s. Most auctions occurred just north of the Exchange, though some also took place inside. Merchants also sold slaves at nearby stores on Broad, Chalmers, State, and East Bay Streets.

Enslaved Africans were usually sold at wharves along the city harbor. Some Africans were sold near the Exchange, but most people sold here were born in the U.S., making this a key site in the domestic slave trade. In 1856, the city banned auctions of slaves and other goods from the Exchange. Indoor sales grew elsewhere, and Ryan's Mart, a complex of buildings between Queen and Chalmers streets, became the main downtown auction site.
 
Erected 2016 by The Old Exchange Building and Friends of the Old Exchange Building. (Marker Number 10 91.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans
Slave Auctions Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 28, 2019
2. Slave Auctions Marker Side 2
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 32° 46.63′ N, 79° 55.615′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of East Bay Street and Gillon Street, on the right when traveling north on East Bay Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Cohen Harby (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); One Broad Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Convention on Ratification (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmers and Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker, Evans & Cogswell Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Bank of the United States (within shouting distance of this marker); As Old as Charleston (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .  Old Slave Mart Museum. (Submitted on July 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Slave Auctions Marker looking east image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 28, 2019
3. Slave Auctions Marker looking east
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Jan. 27, 2023