Charleston Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour

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Some 200,000 captive Africans were processed at the port of Charleston, approximately 40% of all enslaved captives brought into the present day United States. This tour explores capture in Africa, the Middle Passage, processing and sale at the docks in Charleston, and the domestic trade up to 1865. We discuss the rise of Rice and Cotton as cash crops and their function in the expansion of slavery. Learn the roles of enslaved skilled workers, domestics and field hands in the context of antebellum culture, their lifestyles, survival strategies, and handicrafts. Important personalities discussed include Robert Smalls, Denmark Vesey, Dave Drake and modern day master ironworker Philip Simmons, among others.

Approximately 1 mile over two hours

Booking the Slavery and Freedom Tour

The Slavery and Freedom Tour is offered by special request and then opened to the general public. This tour typically commences from an agreed start point and covers topics and themes that are the choosing of the original special request group.

Book a special request tour on your desired date or check the calendar to join a previously-scheduled tour!

There is a $60 minimum to book the tour. Once scheduled, the tour is opened to the general public. In the event that three or more participants book the tour, whether in the original request group or once the tour is opened to the public, the rate drops to $20 per person. If applicable, a refund will be issued to the original request group.

If booking a special request tour with less than 24 hours notice, please call 843-343-4851.