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Sally Hemings Takes Center Stage

A NEW EXHIBIT AT MONTICELLO TELLS HER STORY THROUGH THE EYES OF MADISON HEMINGS, A SON OF HERS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON.

MONTICELLO, Virginia — Sally Hemings takes center stage in Monticello on Saturday when the Thomas Jefferson Foundation opens an exhibit in a space where she is said to have lived for some time. Her story is told through the recollections of her son Madison Hemings, the third of four children she and Thomas Jefferson had who lived to adulthood. His memoir, published in an Ohio newspaper in 1873, gives vital information about the Hemings family genealogy, his mother’s life and the course of his own history.

As part of a major renovation of the plantation’s southern wing, visitors will for the first time see Sally Hemings depicted as a central figure in life on the mountain. It’s significant that the source of information about her will come from the words

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