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Hemings Family

The Hemings family occupied a special role at Monticello, with many of the descendents of Elizabeth (Betty) Hemings serving in important positions within the household and mountaintop. They were enslaved cooks, butlers, seamstresses, weavers, carpenters, blacksmiths, gardeners, and musicians. Jefferson freed, or allowed to go free, three of her sons and six of her grandchildren in his lifetime or in his will -- the only slaves to whom he granted freedom.


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