Thomas Jefferson’s Slaves

Peter Fossett, 11, was among Thomas Jefferson’s slaves sold to pay his debts.  He recalled he was “born and reared as free, not knowing that I was a slave, then suddenly, at the death of Jefferson, put on an auction block and sold to strangers.”  Fossett’s story is one of many included in several new projects to shed light on the slaves who lived and worked at Monticello. A website launching Jan. 27 will showcase oral histories of the slaves in an online project called “Getting Word: African American Families of Monticello.” For full story click here.