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In honor of Thomas Jefferson’s 281st birthday, will you help us preserve and protect Monticello for generations to come?


Despite the horrors of slavery, African Americans forged enduring family and community connections, and cultural and spiritual practices. The Contemplative Site at Monticello is a space to reflect upon their lives and legacies. Thomas Jefferson held at least 607 people in bondage. The site’s 60-foot long steel wall lists their known names. Blank spaces ensure that new names can be added as we learn more.

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