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