Slave Shackles
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Seventeenth-eighteenth century
Medium: Iron shackles
Publisher: Virginia Historical Society

Slave Shackles

Iron wrist shackles with a locking end clamp date back to the seventeenth or eighteenth century and bear witness to the cruelty of slavery. These shackles were used in the African slave trade; similar kinds of restraints were employed to punish uncooperative slaves.