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Sally Hemings: An Authentic Perspective

March 30, 2019 at 2 PM


Dr. Brenda Stevenson offers a critical analysis of how we understand the life of Sally Hemings, an enslaved African woman who bore Thomas Jefferson six children.

Madison Hemings, who, in 1873, spoke of his mother as ‘Jefferson’s concubine.’ Any discussions of sexual relations between slaveholders and enslaved women should distinguish concubinage as a particular form of sexual slavery, one among many forms of sexual contact experiences across the color line.” - Brenda Stevenson, Ph.D.

Lecture | Q&A | Book Signing
Featured Book: What is Slavery by Brenda Stevenson

This program supports the museum's exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty.