Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
In 1998, DNA testing corroborated what family histories and the archival record had shown all along: Thomas Jefferson fathered children by Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman on the Monticello plantation. This connection was denied by naysayers for centuries but is widely acknowledged today. An accurate account of the Hemingses is now shared at Monticello, thanks to ongoing initiatives such as the Getting Word oral history project and the new Sally Hemings exhibit that debuted this past spring. In this talk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Law School and Harvard University) will examine the fascinating history of this American family and reflect on its implications for genealogical inquiry, scholarly method, and public history.