"She was ridiculed"
Shay Banks-Young imagines the trials that Sally Hemings had to endure.
Theme: Opinion of Sally Hemings
Family: Hemings, Madison
Residence (at time of interview): Columbus, OH
Shay Banks-Young is a radio and TV personality and poet in Columbus, Ohio. After genetic testing in 1998 established a connection between Madison Hemings's brother Eston and Thomas Jefferson, she went on the Oprah Winfrey show and met Eston's descendant Julia Jefferson Westerinen. Since then Banks-Young and Westerinen have been bringing a discussion of racial issues, titled “A Conversation in Black and White,” to audiences around the country.
31 May 1996, Columbus, OH
Interviewee: Shay Banks-Young
Interviewer: Beverly Gray
19 July 2000, Charlottesville, VA
Interviewees: Shay Banks-Young, Julia Jefferson Westerinen
Shay Banks-Young gives her opinion of Thomas Jefferson and his presence in her family tree.