Small, brick slave cabins

Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation. (July 2000) Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 15:19 Dec. 7, 2017.

The cash crop economy of South Carolina relied on the slavery of African-Americans.


Advertisement for the sale of 23 slaves. “Auction Sale of Negros” located in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.


  • What is Gullah?
    Learn about the rich Gullah culture that continues in Charleston and the Lowcountry.
  • A Year in the Life
    Read the entries from a plantation account book to learn more about the life on a plantation.
  • Slave Quarters
    See pictures of slave quarters on the McLeod Plantation on James Island. These buildings were 20 feet by 12 feet wooden structures.
  • Slave Work Songs
    Slave work gangs sang call-and-response songs to regulate their movements, talk about their feelings, and make comments about their masters and overseers.

Pieces of History

  • Charleston Slave Passes
    In Charleston, slaves needed permission notes to be away from their master’s property.
  • Slave Collar
    Slave collars made of iron were used to punish and identify slaves who had tried to run away.
  • Ran Off
    Read a newspaper advertisement from September 18, 1762, offering a reward for a runaway slave.