Third president of the United States, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and acclaimed Founding Father of our country, Thomas Jefferson is among the most celebrated figures in American history. But Adele Johnson, executive director at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, points out, “Jefferson was indeed a great man, but part of the reason he was a great man is because of his 607 enslaved people.”

“Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello,” the newest exhibit at the Black History Museum, gives voice to the slaves who built and maintained this iconic historical landmark. Created for the Smithsonian, the exhibit aims to uncover the stories of those 607 enslaved men, women, and children – and celebrate them as any historical figure deserves to be celebrated .

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