After slavery ended, freedom beckoned to those who had been enslaved at Monticello. But what freedom meant, and how it was pursued varied from person to person, and over time.

In this live Q&A with Senior Fellow of African American History, Niya Bates, and Public Historian and Manager of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, Andrew Davenport, share stories about Monticello’s descendant community, the generations of descendants who fought to expand the definitions of freedom, and how the Getting Word project has indelibly shaped Monticello’s scholarship and interpretation.