Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” (AWTT) is a series of more than 250 portraits and narratives highlighting citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans to act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. The portraits selected for Monticello celebrate three contributors who devoted their lives to securing Thomas Jefferson’s promise that all men are created equal.

Select portraits from the AWTT series will be exhibited throughout Charlottesville this spring at participating sites including City Space, Charlottesville High School, the McIntire School of Commerce, the UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Monticello is a proud partner in this community project. Learn more at

On view in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center Galleries, January 18, 2020 - March 31, 2020. Free and open to the public.