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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

TJE Original Title: 
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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Universal principles

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

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A more perfect union

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...all men are created equal... —Declaration of Independence, 1776

This phrase has been the idea more than the American reality, but it has inspired generations to help create a more perfect union.

Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings,[1] whose given name was probably Sarah, was the daughter of Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings. According to her son, Madison Hemings, her father was Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law John Wayles. There are no known portraits of her.

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Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings,[1] whose given name was probably Sarah, was the daughter of Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings. According to her son, Madison Hemings, her father was Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law John Wayles. There are no known portraits of her.

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Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings,[1] whose given name was probably Sarah, was the daughter of Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings. According to her son, Madison Hemings, her father was Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law John Wayles. There are no known portraits of her.

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Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings,[1] whose given name was probably Sarah, was the daughter of Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings. According to her son, Madison Hemings, her father was Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law John Wayles. There are no known portraits of her.

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How were Jefferson’s slaves treated?

Robert Hemings

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Robert Hemings

Robert Hemings (1762-1819)[1]   was the son of Betty Hemings, a slave of John Wayles, Jefferson's father-in-law. Born in 1762, he was the first child of her alleged liaison with her master. Betty Hemings and her children became the property of Martha and Thomas Jefferson after Wayles' death in May 1773.

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