African American Museum opens Monticello: The Legacy of Slavery exhibit at Fair Park

The African American Museum, Dallas will open an exhibit at Fair Park called “Monticello: The Legacy of Slavery”. Part of the exhibit will focus on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American History. Hemings was the mother of 6 of Thomas Jefferson’s children.

“Monticello: The Legacy of Slavery” uses Jefferson’s Monticello to explore the dilemma of slavery and the lives of enslaved families and their descendants. Thomas Jefferson’s iconic words in the Declaration of Independence—“all men are created equal”—inaugurated a new nation defined by principles of freedom and self-government, while a fifth of the population remained enslaved. Dallas will be the first city to host the updated touring exhibition, which brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation.

The exhibit runs from September 22 – December 31, 2018.

Find out more and purchase tickets here.


The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a historically black college that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979.  The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the US. Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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