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.”

18 April 1804

Enslaved servant John Freeman worries about the fate of his intended bride after the death of Mary Jefferson Eppes.

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