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Tile showing a black servant working at a tea party


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This tile dates from about 1760. These types of designs were used on tiles and sugar bowls and saucers. Sugar plantation owners encouraged the drinking of tea and hence use of sugar. two thirds of all enslaved people worked on sugar plantations. Some enslaved people were brought to England as personal servants. James Pinney brought the enslaved African - Pero to Bristol from Nevis. They were seen as fashionable accessories and sometimes made to dress in exotic costume. Many escaped and helped form the beginnings of the abolition movement in England. With thanks to 'The Georgian House', Bristol.

10th Apr 2009 by Diane Earl


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