Many museums around the country are taking steps to acknowledge the role of slavery. Among them is an exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, that explores Thomas Jefferson’s evolution as an architect and slave owner.
Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the museum’s director about Jefferson’s legacy and slaves. Erik Neil
Brick with handprint Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at Monticello. (Courtesy of Chrysler Museum of Art)
Mather Brown’s oil on canvas painting of Thomas Jefferson in 1786. (Courtesy of Chrysler Museum of Art)
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello iconic portico and dome. (Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society)
Jacob Caleb Ward’s painting of the Natural Bridge in Virginia. (Courtesy of Chrysler Museum of Art)
Designed by Simone Baldissini and constructed by Ivan Simonato. Model of Jefferson’s design for the president’s house competition. (Palladio Museum. Photography by Lorenzo Ceretta.)
Thomas Jefferson’s proposed sketch for the president’s house. (Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society)
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello observation tower. (Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society)
Capriccio: The Rialto Bridge and the Church of S. Giorgio Maggiore. (North Carolina Museum of Art)
Nail-making materials excavated on Mulberry Row, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia.(Courtesy of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello)
Portrait of Isaac Jefferson, 1847 Daguerreotype (Reproduction) Tracy W. McGregor Library, Accession Special Collections, University of Virginia Library.
This segment aired on December 31, 2019.