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African businessman donates slave chains to APSU prof

Abdul Musah, Ghana, gave an authentic pair of slave chains, which were used in transatlantic slave trade, to Dr. Nancy Dawson, director of the African American Studies Program, Thursday, Oct. 14, in the African American Cultural Center (AACC).

Although the chains are valued at approximately $2,000, Musah said he didnt want to sell them, because of the horrors of enslavement and the Middle Passage. I want my brothers and sisters to know that we remember their struggles, he said.
Abdul Musah, Ghana, gave an authentic pair of slave chains, which were used in transatlantic slave trade, to Dr. Nancy Dawson, director of the African American Studies Program, Thursday, Oct. 14, in the African American Cultural Center (AACC).

Although the chains are valued at approximately $2,000, Musah said he didn't want to sell them, because of the horrors of enslavement and the Middle Passage. “I want my brothers and sisters to know that we remember their struggles,” he said.

Musah said he was donating the chains to Dawson so she can share the artifacts with her classes and the Clarksville community.

The chains will be on display in the Center throughout the 2004-05 school year.

Dr. Valerie Barnes, director of the AACC, says, “This is a tremendous opportunity for the Center, and I hope that everyone comes to see the chains.”
—Rebecca Mackey