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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: A Brief Account

The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, entered the public arena during Jefferson's first term as president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for two centuries.

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: A Brief Account

The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, entered the public arena during Jefferson's first term as president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for two centuries.

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Mahogany Armchair, made in the Monticello Joinery

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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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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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On the election of the United States' first African-American president

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