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Store yanks souvenir Washington dentures over slavery link

Posted at 9:44 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 21:44:26-05

MOUNT VERNON, Va. — George Washington's Mount Vernon estate says it will no longer sell a souvenir depicting the founding father's false teeth amid criticism that Washington's dentures were made with teeth pulled from the mouths of his slaves.

Critics said selling a souvenir magnet depicting Washington's famous false teeth trivialized the fact that Washington's slaves had to lose their own teeth.

On Wednesday, Mount Vernon said on Twitter that it would remove the magnet from its online store.

It has been known for years that Washington paid about six pounds for nine teeth that were pulled from slaves' mouths.

That fact received renewed attention following publication of a revisionist biography.