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  • 882 SLAVE SHIPS docked in Charleston
    Each held, on average, 300 PEOPLE

  • Some 260,000 PEOPLE arrived in Charleston;
    40% OF 645,000 PEOPLE brought to the current US

  • By 1860, this founding population would grow to
    4 MILLION ENSLAVED PEOPLE

  • Today around 39 MILLION PEOPLE
    identify as African American

  • Approximately 80% OF AFRICAN AMERICANS
    have an ancestor who was brought to Charleston

Gadsden’s Wharf

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Thousands of enslaved Africans entered the U.S. through Charleston at a place called Gadsden’s Wharf.

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Lowcountry Historic Sites

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Charleston and the Lowcountry are rich with historic sites. Plan your visit beyond IAAM on Arrival Square.

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