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Plantation & Slavery

Monticello was home not only to the Jefferson family, but to workers, black and white, enslaved and free.

Exhibitions at Monticello

Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello
This site-based, outdoor exhibition tells the stories of the dynamic, industrial hub of Jefferson’s 5,000-acre agricultural enterprise and a center of work and domestic life for dozens of people -- free whites, free blacks, servants, and enslaved people.

Life-sized figures, archaeologically recovered objects, and interactive models of the wine dumbwaiter, "servant's" bell, and storehouse locks, give a sense of the constant interaction and domestic activity required to keep Monticello running.

Online Exhibitions

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty 

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Companion website: Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello

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Getting Word: African American Families of Monticello
Hear the stories of the descendants of Monticello's plantation community and trace their families from slavery to the present day.



Articles on Slavery and the Monticello Plantation

Plantation Agriculture

Quarter Farms
Crops, Produce, and Livestock
Agricultural Machinery and Tools


Plantation Industry

Along Mulberry Row
On the Plantation


People of the Plantation

Enslaved People
Free Workers
Indentured Servants


Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Jefferson and Slavery
Jefferson and Sally Hemings


Slavery FAQs




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Featured Blog Posts
Mulberry Row
Building upon more than 50 years of archaeological investigation and documentary research, Monticello staff is now in the process of interpreting and restoring Mulberry Row . Lined with more than 20...More >>
The New York Times calls it "an invaluable companion book" to the recently opened exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This pioneering work by Monticello's Shannon Senior...More >>

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