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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Donates Handcuffs To The Smithsonian


Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard professor that made headlines after he was arrested by Cambridge police, is donating the handcuffs used to detain him to the Smithsonian.

Gates tells the New York Times that he donated the handcuffs to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture after reconciling with Sgt. James Crowley.

The professor’s arrest in July sparked a national debate on racial profiling ultimately leading to the “The Beer Summit”; a meeting between Gates, Sgt. James Crowley and President Barack Obama.

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  • Robert Mugabe

    I hope that the tape recording of the arrest is also donated to the Smithsonian. We have never heard it as it was squashed for some reason. I would imagine it must have made the cop look bad. Right?

  • vinniedet

    What an ego – the only value to history these cuff have are to mark the day obama’s true racist side is exposed. They should paint one cuff black and one cuff white – just like obama.

  • jake ceasars

    Are those affirmative action handcuffs? You know like his education!