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Black History at Monticello 2012

Joinery Chimney on Mulberry RowJanuary 27-October 14
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Opens on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Monticello, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), launched the new exhibition "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty," in the NMAAHC Gallery in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. January 27, 2012. Together, the institutions hope to inform discussion and encourage understanding of slavery and enslaved people in America through the lens of Jefferson's Monticello plantation. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Slavery at Monticello Tours
These guided outdoor tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Included in admission, February weekends and Presidents Day, 11 am, 1 pm
(Also offered daily, April - October 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
1 - 3 PM
Waiting on Liberty: Slavery in Jefferson’s “Great House”
Woodland Pavilion next to the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
This two-hour experience offers an in-depth look at the enslaved African Americans who worked in Thomas Jefferson’s “Great House.” You’ll have the opportunity to sift through some of the evidence historians use to learn about enslaved individuals and to examine artifacts and historical documents that help answer the question, “Who was Sally Hemings?” You’ll visit select rooms in the house and be invited to consider how the rooms would have been seen from the differing perspectives of the white occupants and the African American slaves who served them. Throughout the experience you’ll be encouraged to share your own experiences and thoughts with your guide and fellow visitors as your group engages in a discussion about the significance today—and the enduring paradox—of slavery at Monticello.
Tickets available here >>

Friday, February 17
Opening: Landscape of Slavery:  Mulberry Row at Monticello
This new outdoor exhibition will describe Mulberry Row—the plantation’s 21 dwellings for enslaved and free workers, manufacturing workshops, and storage sheds—and the lives of those who worked and lived there. It will include mini-exhibitions at key sites augmented by computer animations and a website. Our “real” and “virtual” look into Monticello’s complex world opens February 17, with a smartphone app and re-creations of select buildings to follow.
Permanent exhibition, included in admission.

Sunday, February 19, 4-5 PM
“Those Who Labor for My Happiness” Book Launch and Presentation with Lucia “Cinder” Stanton
Book signing to follow in the Monticello Museum Shop
Monticello’s Shannon Senior Historian Lucia “Cinder” Stanton has devoted her career to expanding our understanding of Jefferson’s relationship to slavery. Now, coinciding with the January opening of the Monticello and Smithsonian exhibition “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” Stanton’s groundbreaking research on the lives of enslaved African Americans at Monticello is presented in book form in “Those Who Labor for My Happiness”: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Join author Cinder Stanton for the launch of “Those Who Labor for My Happiness” Sunday, February 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., for a presentation at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Theater, followed by a book signing in the Monticello Museum Shop.
Free and open to the public but since space is limited advanced registration is necessary at

Thursday February 23, 4-6 PM
“Education for Liberation: African American Schooling in Virginia & the South (1865-1920)”
Join Dr. Patrice P. Grimes, Associate Dean, Office of African American Affairs Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for this discussion in the  Berkeley Room at the Jefferson Library, (the snow date is Wed, Feb 29).

Thursday, March 29, 2012
“The Material Culture of Slavery” Dr. Martha Katz-Hyman.
Time & Location TBD


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