Explore the paradox of the American Revolution—the fight for liberty in an era of pervasive slavery—through the lens of Monticello in this new virtual exhibition.
Monticello was a 5,000-acre working plantation where over 400 enslaved individuals lived and worked during Jefferson's lifetime.
Daughter, mother, sister, aunt. Concubine. Negotiator. Liberator. Mystery.
A guide to exploring slavery during your visit to Monticello.
Learn more about some of the people who lived and worked at Monticello.
Explore Jefferson's role as a slave owner and the realities of slavery that made the United States.
Frequently asked questions about People, Property, Life and Work under Slavery at Monticello.
Explore the stories of remarkable families and individuals — free and enslaved — from over seven generations, through Monticello's tours, exhibitions, digital resources and special events.
Following Jefferson's death in 1826, 130 enslaved individuals were offered for sale at Monticello to help settle his enormous debts.
Hear the stories of the descendants of Monticello's plantation community and trace their families from slavery to the present day.
How could the author of the Declaration of the Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the newly created United States live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic? This exhibition uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine these questions.
Explore the live and work of the people, free and enslaved, who lived on Mulberry Row, Monticello's main plantation "street."