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Historians Uncover Slave Quarters of Sally Hemings at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, NBC News reports

by Michael Cottman, NBC News July 3, 2017

Sally Hemings

Reporter Michael Cottman announces: “Archaeologists have excavated an area of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mansion that has astounded even the most experienced social scientists: The living quarters of Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who, historians believe, gave birth to six of Jefferson’s children.”

From inside red-dirt floor, dusty rubble-stone room built in 1809, Gardiner Hallock, director of restoration for Jefferson’s mountaintop plantation, says: “This discovery gives us a sense of how enslaved people were living. Some of Sally’s children may have been born in this room. It’s important because it shows Sally as a human being — a mother, daughter, and sister — and brings out the relationships in her life.”

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