Area business people finding money in long-shrouded history (Charleston)





Charleston has long made its fortune by bringing people here. Centuries ago, it was slaves. Today, it's tourists.

Both have been thriving industries, though Charleston promoters have long dressed up or covered up the legacy of human bondage in the Lowcountry.

Two centuries since the importing of human cargo was banned in this country, the long-neglected history is a source of new interest for visitors searching for the antebellum South. The carefully preserved plantations are sprucing up their slave cabins and hosting family reunions that include the descendants of the owners and the slaves.

Charleston's sole art museum has produced an ambitious and wide-ranging exhibit focusing on slavery and plantation life. And the city has restored and opened to the public one of 40 or so markets where people were once sold.

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