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Family offended by slave shackles for sale at Covered Bridge Festival

Posted at 9:17 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 21:17:43-04

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. – A family in Parke County said they were “disgusted” to find slave shackles for sale at the Covered Bridge Festival.

Linda Wann, 46, was with her 22-year-old son Jamario and his girlfriend Celine when the group spotted the shackles at one of the vendor counters.

"I was disgusted,” said Wann. “I seen the slave chains and I couldn’t believe they were there for sale. I picked one of the cuffs up and it had something to do with belonging to a plantation. The other chain I picked up said it was for a negro woman or child."

Jamario confronted the vendor about why he would have the items for sale.

"They said they would continue to do it. They said they got the chain from down south. I’m not sure exactly what that means or if they were local."

Other attendees at the festival had varying opinions.

"I don't believe that seems to be very proper. Honestly, I think it’s deplorable,” said Elisa Aguilera Hollis.

An 18-year-old performer at the festival said he will continue to support the vendor.

"If you don't agree with slavery, don’t buy it. Then eventually I believe humanity will fix itself,” said William Lowe. 

Wann said she wanted to have a pleasant festival experience like she previously had for the past 15 years. 

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