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Symbol Of Slavery

The ball of a ball and chain that used to be attached to slaves’ ankles is owned by Walter Quinn, who found the ball in a box of tools and odds ‘n ends that he purchased at an auction in Monroe County.

The bail is 12 inches in diameter weighing 7 3/4 pounds. It is of a type used on a short chain attached to a slave’s ankle.

  The chain was too short for the man to pick the ball up and walk with it. He dragged the ball behind him as he walked.