Questions about authenticity began to surface from knowledgeable readers after photos of the neck collar and shackles appeared in Wednesday's
Those questions--and the skepticism of others--led museum curator
"I took the collection to
Langston-Harrison paid an undisclosed amount of money for the five-piece collection at Michler Auction near
"To say that I am embarrassed and in absolute disbelief is an understatement," Langston-Harrison said. "As the director, I take full responsibility for this situation, and I apologize profusely for getting the Museum involved in such an unfortunate matter."
Langston-Harrison said the auction company has offered a full refund for the collection, which was paid for with donated funds and no taxpayer dollars.
According to experts, many fake slavery items were manufactured in the 1970s and now occasionally appear on the market, especially on buy-and-sell websites.
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