“I’m always in tears and get goosebumps when people give their oath. It just reminds me so much of when I became a citizen.” ~ Kay Nimax, who took part in the first Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello in 1962
Every year, Monticello's West Portico becomes an outdoor courtroom where dozens of individuals take the Oath of Citizenship to become Americans.
This year, President of the University of Virginia, James E. Ryan, spoke to the new citizens. The ceremony also featured a presentation of the colors from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 75, and music from the Charlottesville Band, the Charlottesville Opera, the Old Line Fife and Drum Corps, and The Oratorio Society of Virginia.
Meet the organizations making a difference in our community and further the dialogue on civic engagement and citizen leadership.
- Albemarle Chapter
- Jack Jouett Chapter
- Shadwell Chapter
- Archeology Department
- Center for Historic Plants
- Getting Word African American Oral History Project
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation wishes to express its genuine appreciation to:
The Scripps Independence Day Endowment, Sally and Joe Gladden, The Brent and Lindsay Halsey Family, Michie Tavern, The Richard D. and Carolyn W. Jacques Foundation, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau , and the Albemarle County Office of Equity & Inclusion for their generous support of our Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.
Past July 4th Speakers and New Citizens