The Charleston Market was a place of tremendous activity. Farmers brought their produce in from the countryside. Fishermen hawked their catch. Peddlars sold bread and cakes. And at the heart of it all were the expert traders, who always got the best goods, knew how to corner the market on a highly desirable commodity and could set the prices that the public would have to pay for virtually everything in the market. These traders were Black women and they were slaves.