Prop manacles worn by LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in Roots

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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.
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metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
steel, rubber, paint, metal (overall material)
average spatial: 6 1/2 in x 53 in; x 16.51 cm x 134.62 cm
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shackles, hand
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