Slavery and Race

24 December 1794

Jefferson frees a slave he inherited from his father-in-law.

13 July 1802

Jefferson forwards a request of the Virginia legislature to send rebellious slaves to Sierra Leone.

30 May 1803

Jefferson’s son-in-law reports that one of the enslaved teenage workers at the Monticello nailery has struck another with a hammer.

8 June 1803

Jefferson asks that an enslaved teenage worker responsible for an attack at the nailery at Monticello be sold to a slave buyer from Georgia, thereby making “an example of him in terrorem to others.”

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