Fort Sumpter National Monument, Charleston

Kalin Thomas of Soul Of America visiting Fort Sumpter National Monument, Charleston


From slavery, revolt & Civil War battles, to celebrated landscaping and “pan-slapping good” cuisine, Charleston is a daring look at America’s past that helps us navigate to a more inclusive future.

Slaves were over half the city’s population during the American Revolution.

Cultural Sites
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Low Country Cuisine
The West African influences on Low Country Cuisine are compelling.

Shops & Galleries
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Denmark Vesey Uprising Against Slavery
Captain Joseph Vesey, an old resident of Charleston, commanded a slave ship …

Colored Troops Glory Assault on Fort Wagner
In July of 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Colored Troops were led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw.

Places of Worship
Emanuel AME Church stands out among the group of historic Black churches.

Historic Sites
Catfish Row, Denmark Vesey Residence, and Aiken-Rhett House are must-visits.

Family Attractions
South Carolina Aquarium and Charleston Waterfront Park are front-runners.

General Attractions
Exchange and Customs House held patriots prisoner during the Revolutionary War.

Gibbes Museum of Art and Dock Street Theatre are worthy of a few hours.

Jazz & Dance
Jazz was evolving simultaneously in Charleston and New Orleans.

Trivia & Famous Residents
Denmark Vesey, Gullah Jack Pritchard, and Philip Simmons come to mind.


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