New Historical Exhibit “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word Is Passed Down” Opens at Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center Exhibition

Photo by Liz Bradley

As you make your plans for Black History Month, be sure to include a visit to the Atlanta History Center for a moving new traveling exhibit, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word Is Passed Down. Explore slavery and enslaved people in America through the lives of six enslaved families – Hernings, Gillette, Fossett, Granger, and Hubbard brothers and the powerful stories of their descendents.


Get to know their personal stories via Getting Word, Monticello’s oral history project. Getting Word‘s historians obtained oral history interviews with nearly 180 descendents of people who lived in slavery at Monticello.

View over 280 objects from Monticello’s collection as well as artifacts from archaeological excavations at Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation.

Atlanta History Center Exhibition

Photo by Liz Bradley

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word Is Passed Down starts today and remains on display through July 7, 2013. Find the Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.

Also during this month, the Atlanta History Center premieres Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906, by resident playwright Addae Moon, which involves audiences in the ideas, debates, emotions and perspectives that led to the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot, a pivotal yet unfamiliar event in Atlanta history. Discover 1906 with African American journalist, J. Max Barber, editor of Voice of the Negro in this provocative gallery-based theater experience exploring the headlines, people and events of one of the city’s seminal episodes of race and memory.

This theater experience is recommended for ages sixteen and up due to language and sensitive subject matter.

History Matters: Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906
Fridays, February 15 and 22:  6:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Saturdays, February 16 and 23: 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Sundays, February 17 and 24: 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM

For more information on these exhibits, and other Black History Month events at the Atlanta History Center, click here.

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