About Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” seeks to inform discussion and encourage understanding of slavery and enslaved people in America through the lens of Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.

It was originally presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

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Visiting the exhibition

The exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello will travel to the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia, February 1—July 7, 2013, and then to the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, late summer 2013—January 2014.

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Visiting Monticello

Discover Thomas Jefferson’s “essay in architecture,” Monticello, a National Historic Landmark and the only house in the United States designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia.

Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, you can tour Thomas Jefferson’s autobiographical masterpiece throughout the year. Guided tours of the scenic gardens and grounds are offered on a seasonal basis.

Monticello’s new outdoor exhibition, debuting February 17, 2012, Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello, brings to life the stories of the scores of people—enslaved and free—who lived and worked on Jefferson’s 5,000 acre plantation.

The Behind the Scenes Tour allows you to visit rarely seen rooms on the second and third floors of Monticello, including Jefferson’s spectacular Dome Room. The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center features four exhibitions, an introductory film, hands-on space for children, and a museum shop and café.

Open daily year-round. Reserved tickets available online at Monticello.org

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Sponsors

This exhibition was made possible through the support of several individuals and foundations.

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Credits

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

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