The groundbreaking exhibit, "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty," makes a stop at the Missouri History Museum. St. Louis is fitting place for the traveling exhibits temporary home.
"The Jefferson Memorial Building, the old part of our museum, was the first memorial to Thomas Jefferson. We have the third largest collection of documents from Thomas Jefferson in our archives and of course it was the Louisiana Purchase of Jefferson's doing that made St. Louis an American city," explained Jody Sowell, Missouri History Museum Director of Exhibitions.
The exhibit focuses on the 600 people Thomas Jefferson enslaved on his primary plantation, Monticello.
"This exhibit puts a face on the people who were enslaved at Monticello. We often hear that Jefferson owned slaves, maybe even had relationships with slaves, but that's usually where the story ends. We don't see them as real people who had a history of their own. This exhibit gives them that history," said Sowell.
Visitors will learn about six families.
You can find the traveling exhibit at the History Museum through March 2. Admission is free. For more information visit www.mohistory.org.