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February 13th - Michie Tavern - Sally Hemings: Enslaved Mistress to the Sage of Monticello  

During Thomas Jefferson's first presidential term, a Richmond newspaper piece stunned the nation, stating that Sally Hemings, an enslaved African American, was Jefferson's "concubine" and had conceived a number of his children. His descendants - and many prominent Jefferson historians - have since denied that any such relationship had ever existed. A 1998 DNA study, however, found a link between the Hemings and Jefferson families. What are the facts of this fascinating story? How have certain aspects been exaggerated?

The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer period at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $30 fee for each event includes the lecture, lunch with the speaker, and a book signing.

NOTE: You must be an OLLI at UVa member for the spring 2020 semester to participate in the Winter Session. The registration deadline is the Friday before each lecture; no refund requests will be accepted after that day. (Maximum capacity: 75. Snow date: February 20th)


  • February 13th - Michie Tavern - Sally Hemings: Enslaved Mistress to the Sage of Monticello

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  • Fee: $30.00

  • Instructor: Rick Britton

  • Dates: 2/13/2020 - 2/13/2020

    Times: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Sessions: 1

    Days: Th

  • Building: Michie Tavern - Room: Dining Room

  • Location Address: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, VA 22902