Over 40% of all enslaved Africans to the US came in through Charleston
Slavery in South Carolina was different from anywhere else in America:
- Over 40% of all enslaved Africans to the U.S. came in through Charleston
- Population ratios could be as high as 9 enslaved persons to 1 white resident in the Lowcountry
- Enslaved persons comprised nearly 50% of Charleston’s population before the Civil War
Today, nearly 80% of African Americans could potentially trace an ancestor who was brought through here.