New marker notes where slaves sold in Charleston streets

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new historic marker erected in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District notes streets where slaves were sold at auction.

The marker is being unveiled Thursday near the Old Exchange Building, a popular stop for many of the millions of tourists who visit Charleston each year.

Edwin Breeden of the Old Exchange says while slaves were sold in various locations around the city in the decades before the Civil War, the busiest auction locations were near the building.

Historian Joseph McGill, who founded the Slave Dwelling Project to draw attention to the need to preserve old slave quarters across the South, calls the marker a major step in telling the whole Charleston story, not just those chapters that are in people’s comfort zones.

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