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Slaves Who Gained Freedom

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Slaves Who Gained Freedom

A number of the enslaved community at Monticello gained their freedom by various methods. During his lifetime, Jefferson freed two enslaved men.  At his death, Jefferson bequeathed freedom to five men in his will.  At least three other slaves were unofficially freed when Beverly Hemings, Harriet Hemings, and James Hemings, (son of Critta Hemings Bowles) were allowed to leave Monticello without pursuit.  Still others successfully escaped despite pursuit.

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