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The participants in the Getting Word project tell stories that show the skills, values, and powerful bonds of family that have been passed down over seven generations.

Descendants of Monticello's enslaved families continue to seek freedom and justice in their own lives and in society at large by fighting for civil rights.More
In freedom, individuals and families were able to pursue education, practice religion, and carry on creative and productive lives.More
In generation after generation, Monticello’s African Americans and their descendants experienced this formidable obstacle to the pursuit of happiness. Many tried to break down the color line, while others chose to cross it.More
Whether former Monticello residents chose their destinations or were compelled to move, conditions in their new locations had a profound effect on their lives.More


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