Kunta Kinte's Manacles

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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
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Popular Entertainment
1977
ID Number
1993.0170.02
catalog number
1993.0170.02
accession number
1993.0170
Roots
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
steel, rubber, paint, metal (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 6 1/2 in x 53 in; x 16.51 cm x 134.62 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
shackles, hand
shackles
prop