Weekly Food Ration for an Enslaved Person at Monticello


Display approximating the ration of food (cornmeal, fish, and pork) given to each adult enslaved person per week.

Jefferson provided the enslaved people at Monticello with some food, clothing, firewood, shelter and medical care. The enslaved workers were given weekly food rations and twice yearly clothing rations, but they had to add to that with whatever they could grow and make themselves – in the limited time they had to themselves.

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