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Heritage Travel Campaign-Part 7 (Charleston Museums)

Part 7 of my "Heritage" travel campaign.

I visited the Confederate Museum, which is owned and operated by the Charleston Chapter #4 United Daughters of the Confederacy. This museum displays artifacts that pertain to the Confederacy that dates back to the American Civil War. It features a lock of hair from Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, along with letters written by both of them. It also features flag that was raised over Fort Sumter after General P.G.T. Beauregard bombarded the fort on April 13th, 1861, which was the beginning of the American Civil War. There is also a drum that was used during both the American Revolution and the American Civil War. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, but I was able to fetch some off the website. https://www.confederatemuseumcharlest...

I was also able to visit the Charleston Museum, which features a chronological display of artifacts, accompanied with stories, that gives visitors an elaborate perspective of the entire history of Charleston which dates back to 1670 when it was known as "Charles Town," and up to the present day. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, also know as the Custom House, is a historic building that was built between 1767 and 1771. It served as a variety of different purposes, most notably as a prisoner of war facility that was operated by the British forces during the American Revolution. The museum has been maintained to showcase its colonial atmoshere and a guided tour of the dungeon is available, daily.

The Old Slave Mart Museum (formerly "Ryan's Mart") is a museum that was once used as a slave auction gallery, from 1856 to 1863. It was closed down in 1865 when Union forces took over Charleston. The Museum was opened 1938 and has been open to the public ever since. It features an audio story by a former slave, a chronilogical timeline exhibit, of American slavery, and a guided tour and storytelling by historian Christine King Mitchell. In 1861, about 57% of South Carolinians were enslaved people. I wanna give a special thanks to the people of Charleston for preserving and protecting their history, no matter how controversial it is, so that we all can learn about the real stories of colonial and antebellum America. I personally feel that this is invaluable because with history, we as a society, can learn from our past mistakes and also understand why Americans are the way they are today with repect to modern culture.

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