Smithsonian Presents Exhibit Highlighting Thomas Jefferson’s Slave Ownership

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty will be on display January 27 – October 14.

Posted: 01/26/2012 11:15 AM EST

Construction on the National Museum of African-American History may not have started yet, but the Smithsonian is offering a glimpse into Black history with a new exhibit that explores Thomas Jefferson’s slave ownership.


The exhibit, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, will explore the lives of six slave families at the former president’s Monticello plantation. The exhibit opens January 27 and runs through October 14.


“Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an ‘abominable crime,’ yet he was a lifelong slaveholder,” the Smithsonian website reads.


Personal belongings and working tools will be on display. In addition, visitors will be able to learn about the families’ connections to one another, the slaves’ religious faith and their efforts to pursue literacy and freedom.


For more information on the exhibit, visit here.


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