Slavery in South Carolina was different from anywhere else in America:
- Almost half of all of the enslaved Africans who came to the U.S. first arrived in the port of Charleston
- In the Lowcountry, the proportion of enslaved Africans to whites could be as high as 9:1.
- Enslaved people comprised nearly 50% of Charleston’s population before the Civil War
Today, nearly 80% of African Americans can potentially trace an ancestor who arrived in Charleston.