In recent years, Charleston-area historic sites have dramatically increased their interpretation of slavery and its vital role in the area’s early history.

And some visitors have pushed back, uneasy with hearing a story many feel reflects poorly on their ancestors. The feedback can be particularly harsh with the relative anonymity of social media and a political moment where racism is debated almost daily in the news.

But local historians and curators say they are undaunted by the detractors, who they estimate make up less than 10 percent of their total visitors.

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