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Massive private collection of Black history memorabilia to hit auction block

A branding iron used on African American slaves is pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders, 90, at her home in the Staten Island borough of New York City. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A branding iron used on African American slaves is pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders, 90, at her home in the Staten Island borough of New York City. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A branding iron used on African American slaves is pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders, 90, at her home in the Staten Island borough of New York City. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders, 90, holds original reward posters for escaped slaves. For over 60 years, the former teacher has amassed the collection that fills her Staten Island home. The items document the African-American experience.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders, 90, holds original reward posters for escaped slaves. For over 60 years, the former teacher has amassed the collection that fills her Staten Island home. The items document the African-American experience. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders, 90, holds original reward posters for escaped slaves. For over 60 years, the former teacher has amassed the collection that fills her Staten Island home. The items document the African-American experience. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Puzzles depicting slaves in America. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Puzzles depicting slaves in America. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Puzzles depicting slaves in America. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A branding iron and a whip used on African American slaves are pictured on a print of African slave traffic. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A branding iron and a whip used on African American slaves are pictured on a print of African slave traffic. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A branding iron and a whip used on African American slaves are pictured on a print of African slave traffic. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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"This collection was designed as a patriotic healing and teaching instrument, and it's vitally critically needed because as a further insult to a people, our history was actually left out of the history books of America," said Meaders, who says she traces her ancestry back to one of the first Black families to live on Staten Island.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

"This collection was designed as a patriotic healing and teaching instrument, and it's vitally critically needed because as a further insult to a people, our history was actually left out of the history books of America," said Meaders, who says she...more

"This collection was designed as a patriotic healing and teaching instrument, and it's vitally critically needed because as a further insult to a people, our history was actually left out of the history books of America," said Meaders, who says she traces her ancestry back to one of the first Black families to live on Staten Island. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Guernsey's Auction based in New York is selling what they say is over 20,000 items of Black history memorabilia and artifacts. "There are several detailed appraisals of this collection produced over the years by highly qualified individuals... and they ranked this collection in the sort of $7 to 10 million range," said Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Guernsey's Auction based in New York is selling what they say is over 20,000 items of Black history memorabilia and artifacts. "There are several detailed appraisals of this collection produced over the years by highly qualified individuals... and...more

Guernsey's Auction based in New York is selling what they say is over 20,000 items of Black history memorabilia and artifacts. "There are several detailed appraisals of this collection produced over the years by highly qualified individuals... and they ranked this collection in the sort of $7 to 10 million range," said Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders shows the hat of a Black American Vietnam War veteran from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders shows the hat of a Black American Vietnam War veteran from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders shows the hat of a Black American Vietnam War veteran from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A wax statue of former Major League Baseball star Henry (Hank) Aaron. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A wax statue of former Major League Baseball star Henry (Hank) Aaron. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A wax statue of former Major League Baseball star Henry (Hank) Aaron. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A Nazi flag captured and signed by members of a Black segregated U.S. Army unit in World War II. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A Nazi flag captured and signed by members of a Black segregated U.S. Army unit in World War II. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A Nazi flag captured and signed by members of a Black segregated U.S. Army unit in World War II. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A cookie jar in the likeness of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A cookie jar in the likeness of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A cookie jar in the likeness of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders holds a rare portrait of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold a pilot's license. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds a rare portrait of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold a pilot's license. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds a rare portrait of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold a pilot's license. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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The online auction for the collection, which is being sold as a single lot, is set for Feb. 28.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

The online auction for the collection, which is being sold as a single lot, is set for Feb. 28. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The online auction for the collection, which is being sold as a single lot, is set for Feb. 28. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Objects include items relating to the horrors of slavery, such as branding tools and shackles, newspapers and memorabilia celebrating civil rights demonstrations, letters from segregationists, and sporting, military and other awards won by Black Americans.  
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Objects include items relating to the horrors of slavery, such as branding tools and shackles, newspapers and memorabilia celebrating civil rights demonstrations, letters from segregationists, and sporting, military and other awards won by Black...more

Objects include items relating to the horrors of slavery, such as branding tools and shackles, newspapers and memorabilia celebrating civil rights demonstrations, letters from segregationists, and sporting, military and other awards won by Black Americans. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A rug with the likeness of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

A rug with the likeness of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A rug with the likeness of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders holds a Currier and Ives print documenting freedom being given to slaves. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds a Currier and Ives print documenting freedom being given to slaves. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds a Currier and Ives print documenting freedom being given to slaves. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Various items are displayed amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders walks amid her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders walks amid her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders walks amid her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders holds an axe handle used to threaten and beat African Americans by segregationist Lester Maddox in Georgia. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds an axe handle used to threaten and beat African Americans by segregationist Lester Maddox in Georgia. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders holds an axe handle used to threaten and beat African Americans by segregationist Lester Maddox in Georgia. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Items are pictured amid the collection of Elizabeth Meaders. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Elizabeth Meaders displays items from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders displays items from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Elizabeth Meaders displays items from her collection. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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