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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

A complex chapter in American history examined at the National Constitution Center

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National Constitution explores the lives of those enslaved at Jefferson's Monticello. Credit: National Constitution Center


April 9-January 4, 2015


Take a look at the lives of six slave families who were among hundreds of slaves that lived and worked for one of our country’s Founding Fathers during Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a powerful exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

Organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the exhibition examines a complex chapter in American history.

Learn about the the families who worked at Jefferson’s plantation — the Fossett, Granger, Gillette, Hemings, Hern and Hubbard families — and take an in-depth look at life at Monticello.

The 3,500-square-foot exhibition features more than 280 artifacts including Jefferson’s personal belongings and items found on Mulberry Row, where Monticello slaves lived and worked.

Insider Tip: After experiencing Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, head into the National Constitution Center’s main exhibit to learn more about the efforts made to establish equality with the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.


Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello is included with your admission to the National Constitution Center. General admission is $14.50 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and over and $8 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children under 3 are free.

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