Explore self-evident contradictions and the hypocrisies of 1776 when the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents Slavery At Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. The exhibition runs through June 22.
Special programs and expert speakers related to the exhibit include:
- She Took Justice: 400 Years of Perseverance | Speaker: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D., M.A. on March 21 at 6 PM
- “When Slavery Is Erased From Plantations” | Speaker: Talitha LeFlouria, Ph.D. on March 26 at 6 PM
- Sally Hemings: An Authentic Perspective | Speaker: Brenda Stevenson, Ph.D. on March 30 at 2 PM
Details from The Wright:
How could the author of the Declaration of Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the new United States, founded on the principles of liberty and equality, be forced to live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic? Who was Sally Hemmings? This exhibition uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine these questions.