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Detroit, Michigan, USA
About MeI am a triple Great Grandson of Sam Kercheval. My family had copies of the correspondence between Tom and Sam. Growing up I was aware of them. They are important today. Perhaps the exceedingly long letter to Sam is one of his best. A small segment of it is carved behind the right hand of the statue of Thomas. My Black Wife and I were looking at the Statue and my eyes fell upon the quote and I was stunned. We quickly bought a book on Jefferson's letters and I pointed it out to my dear wife. It was a exciting moment for us. When you read that letter you see what a wonderful person Thomas Jefferson was. Brilliant and driven by decency. He clearly outlined the "Mother Principle of Democracy" which is now being denied by the Republican Party in Michigan. There was a Television Screenplay about Thomas and Sally that I believe was developed by a descendant of Tom and Sally. It was very sensitively handled. It was clear that they loved each other and that she looked very much like Tom's Wife. Probably was stronger and had a better skin tone. I worked on the Restoration of the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House with the founders of the modern Architectural Preservation and Restoration Movement and mentioned this to the Guides when I visited the stunningly Beautiful Home. They gave me special dispensation as a member of the NPS to root around and I got into the upper floors and saw how the magnificent skylight had been constructed. Clearly he was a genius on many levels. The twin skylights lighting the Dining room are spectacular and having dinner there must have been entrancing. The only Architect that Frank Lloyd Wright ever showed admiration of was Jefferson and it is easy to see why. It was mentioned that Sally ran the place. She put on the dinners with many chefs and since she was stunningly beautiful the dinners must have been magical. If there was a portrait of Tom's wife it would be very easy to create one of Sally that would have a strong resemblance. I could do it. I find it insane and an extreme act of racism that anyone could impute evility in Tom given his writings, his genius, his inventiveness, his kind words, and his education, and upbringing, his grace, his admirations. To do so would be an extreme act of evil racism. The bed that is suspended in the arch between his study and the adjacent room was also an incredibly clever design. One could easily surmise that Sally, watching over Tom, and having finished the day's chores could come in, smile and lower the bed and say, "Tom, you have worked hard enough today."