African American History Culture : Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves—Now a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation

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In the Spirit of Sankofa,

Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves—Now a Black Woman, Melody Barnes, Will Run His Foundation
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SAMANTHA WILLIS



She is long dead, but the presence of Sally Hemings looms larger than life at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the plantation where she was enslaved for most of her life and where a $35 million restoration of the grounds made way for the “Life of Sally Hemings” exhibit—a modest room tucked away in a wing of the great mansion that curators hope will encompass the story of a woman whose life and legacy was often ignored in history, lest it mar a great man’s legacy. On June 15 Melody Barnes was elected vice chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the nonprofit that has owned and operated Monticello for 95 years...


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