Historians uncover slave quarters of Sally Hemmings at Monticello

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Historians uncover slave quarters of Sally Hemmings at Monticello

Post #1 by Friday13 » 2 weeks ago

Interesting find. Hopefully they will find something that ties her irrefutably to Jefferson in that room. Some slides and more to read at the link...

Historians Uncover Slave Quarters of Sally Hemings at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Archeologists 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. 

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

Hemings’ living quarters was adjacent to Jefferson’s bedroom but she remains something of an enigma: there are only four known descriptions of her. Enslaved blacksmith Isaac Granger Jefferson recalled that Hemings was “mighty near white . . . very handsome, long straight hair down her back."

Her room — 14 feet, 8 inches wide and 13 feet long — went unnoticed for decades. The space was converted into a men’s bathroom in 1941, considered by some as the final insult to Hemings’ legacy.
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