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February 21, 2014

Coming Attraction: The National Constitution Center Debuts Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, A Look At Plantation Life From Six Slave Families, April 9-October 19

Opening in April, the National Constitution Center debuts Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, an exhibition about six slave families who worked inside of Thomas Jefferson's plantation in Virginia. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

On April 9, the National Constitution Center will unveil its latest marquee exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a look at the lives of the slaves of Jeffersons’ home.

Historically, Thomas Jefferson turned America into a country that promised individual freedom and equality, but the Founding Father personally continued to have slaves at his Monticello plantation in Virginia.

The exhibition centers on six slave families who worked at Thomas Jefferson’s plantation — the Fossett, Granger, Gillette, Hemings, Hern and Hubbard families — and brings out their stories, artifacts and fight for justice.

Through more than 280 artifacts that belonged to the families and to Jefferson himself, guests receive an in-depth look at life at Monticello.

The exhibition also focuses on the ancestors of the slaves and their mission to gain recognition for their grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Mark your calendars, the exhibition is in town from April 9 to October 19.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center
When: April 9-October 19
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org

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