I am a history buff, and I am especially fascinated by the period of our founding. Monticello is one of my favorite places.
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I have read all of the information published about the DNA connection of the Jefferson family to the Hemings family. The evidence shows that there is a POSSIBILITY that Thomas Jefferson fathered some of Sally's children. There are other members of the Jefferson family, including Jefferson's younger brother Randolph, who also could have been the father. Dr. Eugene Foster, who conducted the DNA testing, was very clear about the limitations of his testing. Those who accept this flimsy evidence as fact are, in effect, accusing Thomas Jefferson of rape, since Sally was a slave and Jefferson had control of her life. Such limited evidence would never stand up in a court of law. A tour guide at Monticello told me (and others in the group) last week that Jefferson fathered five of Sally's children. Without conclusive evidence, that is simply a lie.