Historians estimate up to 70% of all slaves that entered the 13 Colonies came through markets in Charleston, South Carolina. The likelihood that one or more of your ancestors came through this port is 100%.
Charleston is a city that does not hide its slave history. Every tour I took focused on the role slavery played in building the city and its wealth. I was surprised by this! Usually when I travel finding history about American Slavery and its aftermath is pushed to the margins. Museums on the subject often require making an appointment, are underfunded and in economically depressed areas.
It was with great joy that I was able to experience American history in the mainstream! One of maternal great-grandfathers was from Charleston and of Gullah ancestry. All of the tour guides were knowledgeable and honest about slavery and introduced me to my Gullah ancestry!
If you are an Ethnic American, you need to make your next vacation to Charleston. It will break you, rebuild you, and increase your pride in being American.
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