Plantation & Slavery

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

Online Exhibitions

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
At the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia through January 4, 2015.

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Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello
Now open 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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