|Strung between trees|
I had great hopes for Charleston. Everything I read said it was a great place. It has its fair share of old buildings, the architecture was supposed to be great, the tree lined streets were supposed to lend a genteel atmosphere. To a certain extent that's true.
|A main drag -- just don't look too close at the shop names|
Many of the architectural styles are stolen from elsewhere.
|Corinthian caps on the 1850's college|
|Art deco a la Miami|
|New Orleans style in the French quarter|
|Brick facades are big|
|Only on one half of the house|
|A common one: side balconies, all floors|
|4 blocks long, two stalls wide|
|Graves date back to the 1600's|
In response to the election of an anti-slavery Republican as President, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ("the Confederacy"); the other 25 states supported the federal government ("the Union"). After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation.So it would seem natural for Charleston to have the last remaining place where slaves were traded.
- In the days this place was used, slaves cost ~$1,200, which would be about $40,000 in today's funds;
- Only 3% of white folks in South Carolina owned slaves;
- Ryan's Mart was exclusively used to trade slaves, and almost exclusively 2nd & 3rd generation slaves. By the time it opened, the importation of people from Africa had long been outlawed.