Does the long shadow of slavery linger in Charleston?
June 28, 2015
As it heals from tragedy, there are painful reminders of the past in Charleston, South Carolina
The massacre of at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has brought renewed attention to the city’s troubled history. Some 40 percent of enslaved Africans brought to the U.S. arrived in Charleston. But the city, filled with quaint streets and horse-drawn carriages bearing tourists, does little to remind visitors of that painful past. Christof Putzel traveled to Charleston to meet with the descendants of slaves and slave owners to hear about the costs and the consequences of failing to acknowledge the city’s legacy of slavery.