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Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy with Gayle Jessup White and Annette Gordon Reed
  • Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Author Gayle Jessup White, a Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved. Gayle Jessup White had long heard the stories passed down from her father’s family, that they were direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson—lore she firmly believed, though others did not. For four decades she researched her connection to Thomas Jefferson, to confirm its truth once and for all, and discovered her family lore was correct. In Reclamation she chronicles her remarkable journey to definitively understand her heritage and reclaim it, and offers a compelling portrait of what it means to be a black woman in America, to pursue the American dream, to reconcile the legacy of racism, and to ensure the nation lives up to the ideals advocated by her legendary ancestor. Author and Historian Annette Gordon Reed will join the author in conversation.