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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
April 9 – October 19, 2014
Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people. Their names, family connections, values, and achievements reveal the flourishing of the human spirit within the deeply unjust institution of slavery, and their legacies reveal an evolving definition of “We the People” from America’s founding to the present day.
Exhibition highlights include:
- Thomas Jefferson’s own possessions including his inkwell in the shape of Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire; his silver eyeglasses, made in Philadelphia in 1806; and his whalebone, ivory, and gold walking stick
- Numerous archaeologically recovered items that offer a window into life on Mulberry Row, where Monticello slaves lived and worked: rare coins, tools, ceramics and tableware, jewelry, shoe and clothing buckles, combs, and toothbrushes
- Hands-on activities and immersive environments including the “joinery,” a woodworking and furniture-making shop, where you can try your hand at using mortise and tenon joints
- A chance to learn about the Hemings, Gillette, Granger, Hern, and Hubbard families—who lived in slavery at Monticello for three or more generations—through excavated artifacts, oral histories, and video interviews with their descendants, many of whom fought for justice and helped bring to light their ancestors’ lives and values
This exhibition is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. All objects in this exhibition are from the collection of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, unless otherwise noted.
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
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