Day Trips: African American Museum, Dallas: Jefferson’s Monticello exhibit takes straight look at slavery – Columns


Photo by Gerald E. McLeod

The African American Museum is bringing to Dallas a poignant exhibition on human bondage and the man who wrote “all men are created equal.”

Originally organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2012, the exhibit takes an unblinking look at slavery and the founding of the nation. Drawing from historical archives, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox in Liberty” has been expanded to 300 rare items from the third president’s home and includes new content on Sally Hemings.

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