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Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:45pm

Live stream of the ceremony starts at 10am!

On June 16, in conjunction with national Juneteenth events, Monticello will unveil exhibitions and newly restored spaces, including the opening of the South Wing and The Life of Sally Hemings exhibit. This landmark conclusion of a major restoration initiative at Monticello will also commemorate 25 years of the Getting Word oral history project. Monticello will welcome the largest reunion of descendants of Monticello’s enslaved families in modern history and host a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln and generously loaned by David M. Rubenstein.

Free Opening Day Activities Include:

8:30 am – 5:45 pm Preview the newly opened spaces in the South Wing

8:30 am - 9:45 am Free Walk-Through House Tours (SOLD OUT)

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Opening Public Program

Remarks and Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Leslie Greene Bowman, President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • David M. Rubenstein, Philanthropist, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winner and presidential historian
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
  • Melody Barnes, Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center

Musical Performances by violinist Karen Briggs

Parking is free and available at Piedmont Virginia Community College (located at 501 College Drive, Charlottesville).  Shuttles will run continously throughout the day. Please plan on a 30 minute shuttle time.  Click to reserve a shuttle time.

Event At A Glance:
All day
Indoor & Outdoor

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