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Collection Details


Collection Name: Getting Word: The Monticello African American Oral History Project
Repository Name: Monticello. The Home of Thomas Jefferson. Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
URL: http://www.monticello.org/gettingword/
Dates Spanned: 1993-
Description: Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson for almost sixty years, was also home to a vital African-American community. These enslaved men and women raised Jefferson's crops, built his house and his carriages, and cared for his children. Within the confines of slavery, they forged powerful bonds of family, passing skills, values, and a rich culture on to their children. The Getting Word Oral History Project at Monticello locates and records the oral histories of the descendants of Monticello's enslaved African-American community. This rich treasurehouse of memories over seven generations helps to expand our understanding of life at Monticello two hundred years ago. Oral interviews are supplemented with research in public records.
Broad Subjects: Rural Life; Human Rights; History
ASP Subjects: Family--History; Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826; Thomas Jefferson; Monticello Plantation, VA; Monticello, VA; Oral history; Plantations--Virginia; Slavery--United States; Slaves--Social conditions; United States; Virginia
Collection Code: OHC0004681