This Presidents Day, we’d like to shine a spotlight on Sally Hemings. Sally Hemings was a daughter, sister, aunt, and mother, who was inherited as the property of President Thomas Jefferson. She bore six children with Jefferson; “This is a painful and complicated American story. Thomas Jefferson was one of the most important founding fathers, and also a lifelong slave owner who held Sally Hemings and her children in bondage. Sally Hemings should be known today, not just as Jefferson’s concubine, but as an enslaved woman who — at the age of 16 — negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation to improve her own condition and achieve freedom for her children.” .
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