Slavery at Monticello, courtesy Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello


September 22, 2018 to January 21, 2019
12:00 AM


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Extended through January 21, open 11am–5pm Tuesday–Saturday

A groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibition with a powerful message, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello—Paradox of Liberty is coming to the African American Museum at Fair Park. To learn more, visit

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 exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticello, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history.

As an enslaved woman at the age of 16, Hemings negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation ensuring she would receive “extraordinary privileges” and achieve freedom for her children. Jefferson fathered at least six children with Hemings, four of whom survived to adulthood.

$10 adults; $5 for seniors 65 and older; $5 children ages 4–12; free for 3 and younger. Admission is free on Thursdays for seniors only.