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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty - January 15, 2019

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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Jan 15, 2019 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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African American Museum

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that will be on display at Fair Park's African American Museum of Dallas from Sep. 22 through Jan. 21, 2019.

The exhibit it follows six families through the generations: arrival at Monticello as slaves; dispersal at Jefferson’s death in 1827; migration across the country down to their descendants today. The exhibition has attracted the largest crowds in the African American Museum’s 44-year history.

Co-curator Elizabeth Chew states that the most significant aspect of this exhibit is "the degree to which we can make the story of slavery the story of individual people and families."

Until the mid-1980s, tours at Monticello avoided the topic of slavery, often referring to slaves more euphemistically as "servants." Sometimes they were cut out of the story entirely; tour guides and signs would say things like "the food was brought" from the kitchen to the dining room.

Bringing these people back into the narrative is essential to understanding Thomas Jefferson’s life and work. They represent the community who brought him to his father on a pillow when he was born to those who adjusted the pillow under his head when he died."

TICKETS
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older) and children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Admission is free on Thursdays only for seniors 65 and older. African American Museum members also receive complimentary admission.



Exhibition    |    African American Museum    |    Recurring set