Slave Shackle, anonymous, 1700 - 1899

Slave Shackle, anonymous, 1700 - 1899

wrought iron (iron alloy), h 8.6cm × w 7cm More details

The shackling of people held in slavery took place mainly during transport, but people could also be chained as a punishment or to prevent them from escaping. This shackle, which has only been partially preserved, probably came from the Overtoom Plantation on the Para River in Suriname. When slavery was abolished in 1863, there were still 193 men, women and children living in slavery on this plantation.

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