Kunta Kinte's Manacles

Description
Actor LeVar Burton wore these prop manacles in the miniseries Roots (ABC, 1977), a dramatic portrayal of slavery as experienced by several generations of one family. Based on Alex Haley's autobiographical novel, Roots began with Kunta Kinte, an African youth brought to America as a slave in the 1700s, and ended with the emancipation of his descendants during the Civil War. Watched by more than 100 million people, it was a significant departure from programs that had traditionally relegated blacks to minor, stereotyped roles.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shackles, hand
shackles
prop
date made
1977
user
Roots
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 6 1/2 in x 53 in; x 16.51 cm x 134.62 cm
associated place
France
ID Number
1993.0170.02
catalog number
1993.0170.02
accession number
1993.0170
subject
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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