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Collection Highlights: Middle Passage Shackles

September 1, 2016
iron shackles

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wrought-iron Shackles

Created by: Unidentified

18th - early 19th century Ankle shackles of the type used to restrain enslaved people aboard ships during the Middle Passage crossing the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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