Slavery at Monticello: Telling the Complete Story Presentation at MPAAGHS Monthly Meeting

May 13, 2017

Gayle Jessup-White photo

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.

All persons who are interested in African-American genealogy and history are invited to attend. For further information about MPAAGHS, call 804.651.8753 or visit