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Thousands Join Public Summit on Race and Slavery at Monticello

On September 17, 2016, Monticello along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Virginia, hosted a public summit on the legacies of race and slavery. The summit was the capstone event of Human/Ties, a four-day celebration of the NEH's 50th anniversary. We were joined by thousands on the West Lawn of Jefferson's famous home to learn from the past and grapple with issues that face us today. 

Memory, Mourning, Mobilization: Legacies of Slavery and Freedom in America featured leading academics like Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Annette Gordon-Reed, artists like Nikki Giovanni, activists like Bree Newsome, descendants of Monticello's enslaved families and community members. 

"It is powerful to be here," said summit speaker Melody Barnes. "Monticello much of what we have to grapple with, and it tells us so much about who we are."

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The Monticello Summit was the capstone event of Human/Ties, a four-day celebration of the National Endowment for the Humanities' 50th anniversary, hosted by the NEH and the University of Virginia with leading support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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