New exhibit remembers slave trade on Sullivan's Island

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A new addition to the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center pays tribute to the 200,000 to 360,000 slaves brought through Charleston.

The State reports, and writes in part:

Visitors can learn the story of South Carolina’s connection to the slave trade and see such artifacts as a slave collar and a leg shackle.

“As long as I have been here, people have come looking for answers, but we were ill-prepared to provide them,” said Michael Allen, who has worked as a National Park Service education specialist here for 29 years.
In the 18th century, a series of four pest houses were built on the western end of the island to house those in quarantine.

By law, anyone — black or white — coming in on a ship suspected of carrying an infection was to be quarantined either aboard ship, in homes or in the pest houses.

You can see the exhibit for free each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center at 1214 Middle Street.

The Post and Courier also has a write-up but I generally like The State's more, and The Moultrie News has a robust photo gallery of the new exhibit.

Downtown Charleston also has the Old Slave Mart Museum, which is housed in the only known building where slaves were sold in Charleston.