Free Some Day: the African American Families at Monticello

Reading Level:

  • High-School

Stanton, Lucia C. Free Some Day: the African American Families at Monticello. 2000.

From the Thomas Jefferson Library: This book traces and provides information on several important slave families at Monticello. Included are Jupiter and Suck, George and Ursula, the Hern family, the Hubbard brothers, the Gillette family, and the Hemings family. Additionally, several events that greatly impacted the slaves at Monticello such as important battles in the American Revolution and General Lafayette’s visit to Monticello are described. The 1827 Dispersal auction is chronicled and summarized relative to these families. The eventual deaths and/or freedoms of many of these families are mentioned towards the end of the book. Following the index are detailed family trees of the above-mentioned families.

The most extensive piece of research published to date on the African-American community at Monticello during TJ’s lifetime. Brings together research in primary documents and archaeology and looks both at the larger issues of TJ’s relationships with his slaves and the experiences of particular persons and families. Looks at Jupiter and his wife, Suck, George and Ursula, the Hern family, the Hubbard brothers, and the Gillette family. -- Frank Shuffelton.