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The Atlanta History Center is starts their Black History Month program with Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down, a ground breaking exhibition organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This traveling exhibition features over 280 objects from Monticello’s collection as well as artifacts from archaeological excavations at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation — the best-documented, best preserved and best-studied plantation in North America.
The exhibition also provides the opportunity to reflect on Thomas Jefferson —one of twelve American presidents who owned slaves— who called slavery a “deplorable entanglement,” yet in his lifetime freed only nine slaves out of the over 600 people he owned. By exploring Jefferson’s ideas and slavery at his plantation, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Monticello have created an exhibition that examines one of the most difficult topics in American history and explores how the paradox of slavery in Jefferson’s world is relevant for generations beyond Jefferson’s lifetime as our country still continues to grapple with issues of race.