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John W. Anderson Slave Pen, chain ring

Roy Davis & Audrey Ann1830/1834

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The original shackles and chains that hung from the rings on the second floor beams were part of the system in place to restrain male slaves on the upper floor of the pen; Male slaves were kept on the top floor, with no means to access the lower floor, chained to each other and to the central beam, because they were considered more likely to escape than females.

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  • Title: John W. Anderson Slave Pen, chain ring
  • Creator: Roy Davis & Audrey Ann
  • Date: 1830/1834
  • Location: Germantown, Kentucky
  • Subject Keywords: Slavery--Economic aspects--United States., Slave traders, Slave-trade--Southern States.
  • Rights: All rights reserved by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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