January 26, 2012
Shannon Lanier points to the pictures on the cover of the book Jefferson's Children, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at a new exhibit: “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty”. Lanier is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson's slave Sally Hemings.
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Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owner who freed only nine of his more than 600 slaves during his lifetime.