Following this, I went to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon building, one of the oldest buildings in Charleston and where outside of the building, enslaved Africans were auctioned, together with horses and other animals and goods.
Over the next couple of days, I visited several plantations, including Mepkin Abbey, which used to be the plantation belonging to Henry Laurens. Henry Laurens was the chief agent in Charleston for the company of Oswald, Grant and Sargeant, the most successful owners of Bunce Island in the mid–late 1700’s. He also became President of the Continental Congress and was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Paris that formally gave the United States its Independence. A signatory to this treaty on the British side was Oswald. He owned 20,000 acres of rice plantation and was one of the richest men in Charleston. I also visited Rice Hope Plantation, where I was given some Bennie seed snacks.