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In Pictures: Jefferson and his Slaves

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale. Copyright: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of America, He was the author of The Declaration of Independence. He was also symbolically the author of America itself.

Thomas Jefferson's house

Thomas Jefferson designed his house, Monticello, which sits among the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia. He lived there with his wife, Martha Wayles Skelton, for ten years before her death. They had six children.

Monticello, President Jefferson's house

Jefferson owned about 200 slaves, who worked in the house and on the plantation. He had a relationship with one of them, Sally Hemings. All of her six children were fathered by Jefferson.

Vegetable garden at the Monticello plantation

The Monticello plantation covered 5,000 acres and was a centre of agriculture and industry.

Remains of a slave cabin

All that remains of a slave cabin, where a family of slaves would have lived. It would have measured about 20ft by 12ft and been constructed out of logs, with a dirt floor.

Conservatory with lemon tree

The conservatory where the children Jefferson had with his wife would have played.

The kitchen at Monticello

The kitchen at Monticello, which was reached by a tunnel from the main house, so fearful was Jefferson of a fire being started by the kitchen.

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains

A view of the Blue Ridge mountains from the plantation.

The vegetable garden.

The vegetable garden. Jefferson was very interested in growing fresh produce, and a wide range of food was cultivated at Monticello.

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