Many different cultures have contributed to the tapestry that is modern Charleston, but perhaps no other culture has had as much of an impact as that of West Africa. Slaves played a significant role in the way our city and country were built. Our Charleston slavery tour takes an in-depth look at the horrors of slavery and the contributions of the African Americans during the establishment of our country. This unique carriage tour provides a glimpse into the brutalities of slavery, the details of the Reconstruction, and the fight for Civil Rights.

Reservation Details

  • Departure Time: This specialty tour is available Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Private tours at other times may also be booked by reservation.
  • Availability: This is one of our most popular tours, and it sells out quickly.
  • Cost: Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children. Online discounts, coupons, and other promotions do not apply to this tour.
  • Reservations: This is a popular tour. Reservations are strongly recommended.
  • Pick-Up and Drop-Off: Pick-up and drop-off are at our stable located at 10 Guinard Street.

What To Expect

The Slavery to Freedom tour is an hour-long specialty tour that takes you past some of the most iconic landmarks of Charleston, specifically those that tell the story of slavery in the city. This tour will discuss the details of slave auctions, the brave sacrifices of black soldiers, and the role of Charleston in the Civil Rights movement.

Slavery In Charleston, SC

Almost 40% of slaves that came from West Africa to the United States came into the Charleston harbor. This is why the city played such a significant role in this part of our country’s story. Your knowledgeable tour guide will give you an inside look into some of the darkest aspects of slave life, along with the heroes like Sarah and Angela Grimke who worked diligently to abolish slavery. You will learn about the details of the Middle Passage, the Stono Rebellion, and the Red Summer Riots of 1919, along with many other events that shaped our country.

Key Sites

Charleston is home to countless historic landmarks that were pivotal during the foundation of the country. Your tour will take you by the oldest AME church in the South, the site of many slave auctions, and more of the most significant African-American history sites in the city.

Why Classic Carriage Works?

Classic Carriage Works has been offering tours to Charleston locals and visitors for years. Our knowledgeable, certified tour guides will make your tour come alive with energetic stories and will be happy to answer any of your questions. Our safe and comfortable carriage tours allow you to experience Charleston and American history in a whole new way.

Book Now

The Slavery to Freedom Tour is one of the best ways to fully understand not only have slavery impacted the city of Charleston, but our entire country and the world. Book this tour now for a humbling and historical tour you won’t forget.