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.
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.