Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Presenters:

  • Rex Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Elizabeth Chew, Curator, Monticello

Isaac Granger Jefferson (1775-c.1850)

Description:
In this session, Rex Ellis, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Elizabeth Chew, Curator at Monticello, will discuss the Smithsonian exhibition they co-organized. The exhibition considers the paradox that Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was a slave-holder all his life. It also examines the lives of enslaved families at Monticello and their family stories after slavery.

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