Slave sale, Charleston, South Carolina : from a sketch by Eyre Crowe. (1856)

Slavery in Charleston and The Lowcountry

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.