Topic: Slavery

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Working in Monticello’s Kitchen

Artist G. B. McIntosh imagines how Monticello's kitchen might have looked in the early 19th century. Pictured on the left is enslaved Head Cook Edith Hern Fossett who managed the kitchen....

Working in the Great House

Jefferson called his house slaves “servants.” They were at their master’s beck and call seven days a week. They swept and polished, mended and washed, cooked and served for family and guests. Sally Hemings had to care for Jefferson’s children and “do such light work as sewing.” Israel Jefferson recalls that he “made the fire…

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Writing Slate and Pencils

Writing slate and pencils excavated at Monticello.