On-Site Offerings

Hemings Family Tour

Weekends at 1:25 pm

The Hemings family is one of the most well documented enslaved families in American history. Learn more about the generations of Hemingses who lived and labored at Monticello on this 90 minute guided tour.

Walking Tour of Monticello's Vanished Plantation

February 18 and 19; 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Join Monticello archaeologists on a walking tour to hidden parts of the plantation and learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello.

Slavery at Monticello Guided Tour

Daily; Multiple Times

These guided outdoor walking tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Provides guests the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their connection to Monticello’s history. Included with all tour tickets.

Virtual Events

Livestream - The Getting Word African American History Project at Monticello

February 1 at 1 p.m. ET

The Getting Word African American Oral History Project is a decades-long initiative to collect and share the stories of Monticello’s enslaved community and their descendants. Join us for a live Q&A about Getting Word and a new initiative to digitize this important collection.

Livestream - The Paradox of Liberty and the Monticello Descendant Community

February 15 at 1 p.m. ET

Monticello’s traveling exhibit, “Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello,” shares the history of six families who, along with others, were enslaved at Monticello. Join this livestream to learn about the creation of “Paradox of Liberty” and a recently-completed initiative to digitize this important exhibition.

Livestream - “The Slave Families of Thomas Jefferson”

February 24 at 1 p.m. ET

Join us for a live Q&A with author and genealogist B. Bernetiae Reed. Reed will discuss her book, “The Slave Families of Thomas Jefferson,” her meticulous research on the topic, and insights on how to begin genealogical work.


Charlottesville Community Programs

Anthony Brown and group therAPy in Concert

Friday, February 11 at 6:30pm

Sponsored by UVA's Office of African American Affairs, this concert at the Paramount Theater will feature the Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning gospel group Anthony Brown & group therAPy, with a special performance by Stellar Award-Winning artist Isabel Davis.

Annual 2022 Greens Cook-off

February 19 at 1:00 - 6:00pm

Held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, this cook-off will "celebrate past traditions and future innovation."




The 1827 Dispersal Sale

He talks with Andrew Davenport, Public Historian at Monticello and Manager of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, about what happened to many of the enslaved individuals after the dispersal sale of 1827. 

William Monroe Trotter Battles 'Birth of a Nation'

Trailblazer. Newspaper publisher. Civil rights titan. Meet William Monroe Trotter, one of the most influential descendants of Monticello’s enslaved community—and someone who too many people have never heard of,

Music and Monticello's Enslaved Community

Music was an important part of life for enslaved people at plantations across the U.S. Monticello guide and musicologist Kyle Chattleton looks at the ways enslaved people here and across the nation used music and at the foundational role they played in creating a distinctly American musical tradition.

John and Priscilla Hemmings

Monticello guide Kyle Chattleton looks at the close relationship of Monticello's enslaved joiner John Hemmings and his wife, Priscilla, an enslaved domestic servant owned by Jefferson's son-in-law.

Black History Month Reading

Recent Publications

Explore Monticello's wide selection of publications that bring history forward through the stories of the plantation community and their descendants. 

Exploring Freedom & The Legacies of Slavery

Explore the stories of remarkable families and individuals — free and enslaved — from over seven generations, through Monticello's tours, the Getting Word Project, exhibitions, digital resources and special events.