How could the author of the Declaration of Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the new United States, founded on the principles of liberty and equality, be forced to live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic? Who was Sally Hemings? This exhibition uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine these questions. Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to learn the #FullStory of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings, and confront the paradox of a country founded on equality yet built through slavery.
March 15 – June 22, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Closed on Memorial Day.
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