Virtual Events

Monticello Descendant Community – Younger Voices Rising

Join us for a virtual conversation with three descendants of Monticello’s enslaved community: historian Andrew M. Davenport, artist Jabari C. Jefferson, and activist Myra Anderson on February 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Free and open to the public.

DAACS: Slavery and Freedom in St. Croix

From St.Croix to Charlottesville, slavery has left its mark on the Americas, and archeologists are working to connect the dots. The Society of Black Archeologists and the Digital Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) are involved in the collaboration and comparative research between these two historic sites. Join us on February 23rd at 1pm EDT for a live panel discussion with the experts and ask them your questions about this interconnected history.

Thomas Jefferson and Jupiter Evans Livestream

Watch the recorded Q&A session from Feb 2 with Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, and Jupiter (whose surname may have been Evans), interpreted by Colonial Williamsburg’s Jamar Jones. These two veteran interpreters discuss the relationship between Jefferson and Jupiter in character, and share insights into the challenges that first-person interpreters face when sharing difficult history.


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.

A Theft at Monticello

Enslaved people did not simply accept the confines of their bondage, and resistance took many forms. An example is found in the story of York, a young man enslaved at Monticello who attempted to escape in 1798.

Live Slavery at Monticello Virtual Tour

MR Virtual Tour

Join a Monticello guide for a tour along Mulberry Row, the industrial hub of the Monticello plantation, and a reconstructed home for enslaved workers. Guides will share stories and answer questions about the enslaved African Americans who lived and labored on this plantation, confront Jefferson’s conflicting ideas on freedom and race, and discuss legacies of American slavery. Offered at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

On-Site Offerings

Slavery at Monticello Outdoor Station

At these outdoor stations, guests can gather comfortably in physically distanced seating areas to engage with Monticello’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. The format is a brief presentation followed by Q&A and is a great opportunity for guests to deepen their connection to Monticello’s history. Included in the ticket price. Weekdays in February: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop Books: Jefferson and Slavery

Those Who Labor for My Happiness - Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of enslaved men, women, and children. At the center of this transition has been the work of Lucia "Cinder" Stanton...

My Name is James Madison Hemings

In an evocative first-person account accompanied by exquisite artwork, Winter and Widener tell the story of James Madison Hemings's childhood at Monticello, and, in doing so, illuminate the many contradictions in Jefferson's life and legacy.

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.