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No Need for a Trip to Virginia! This Exhibition Brings the Monticello Estate to Dallas

If you have ever wanted to visit Monticello and learn more about one of the most well-known Founding Fathers, now is your chance to experience a bit of American history here in Dallas. The African American Museum will present Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, a groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibition with a powerful message. Dallas will be the first city to host the updated touring exhibition.

The Legacy of Slavery uses Jefferson’s Monticello to explore the dilemma of slavery and the lives of enslaved families and their descendants. Thomas Jefferson’s iconic words in the Declaration of Independence—“all men are created equal”—inaugurated a new nation defined by principles of freedom and self-government, while a fifth of the population remained enslaved. Jefferson called slavery an abominable crime, yet he owned more than 600 people over the course of his lifetime.

The exhibition will bring to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. It exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticello, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history.

As an enslaved woman at the age of 16, Hemings negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation ensuring she would receive “extraordinary privileges” and achieve freedom for her children. Jefferson fathered at least six children with Hemings, four of whom survived to adulthood.

Join the African American Museum to view this fascinating exhibit on Saturday, September 29th. The museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We know you love your home at Constellation Ranch Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, September 29, 2018—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
African American Museum
3536 Grand Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

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