Slavery at Monticello: Telling the Complete Story Presentation at MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting
May 13, 2017
Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia (MPAAGHS) will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Essex Public Library, 117 North Church Lane (Rt. 17), Tappahannock, Virginia (map).
Gayle Jessup White, Community Engagement Officer at Monticello, will give a presentation entitled Slavery at Monticello: Telling the Complete Story. She came to the position following several years of research into her family history, that claimed her as a direct descendent of Thomas Jefferson. She studied over photographs and documents as a Jefferson Studies Fellow, slept on the floor of a Monticello kitchen where her ancestors likely cooked, and pursued DNA evidence, which recently revealed her great-great grandmother was the daughter of Peter Hemings, an older brother of the famous Sally Hemings. As Community Engagement Officer, she works to connect Monticello to the wider community.