Jane Austen’s love for tea will face ‘historical interrogation’ over links to slavery

Jane Austen’s love for drinking tea will face “historical interrogation” over its slavery links, according to the director of a museum dedicated to the author.

Austen’s cottage, a well-known relic to the town of Chawton, England, where she wrote Emma and Mansfield Park before she died in 1817, was converted from a home to a museum in 1949, where thousands of visitors come each year. The museum staff is now evaluating the author’s love of tea, which may stem from connections in her family with links to slavery, a museum director told the Washington Examiner.

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