Main Content

The Enslaved Household of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence envisioned an America where "all men are created equal". But over the course of his life, he enslaved more than 600 Black men, women and children. This is the story of three teenagers who were brought to the White House to train as Jefferson's personal chefs.

For more information about Slavery in the President's Neighborhood, click here.

For more short, educational videos from the White House Historical Association, click here.

This video was produced in partnership with UNTOLD: Untold is a project of the Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement. Produced and distributed by Makematic with support from DoGoodery. Click here to learn more.

For more information about Thomas Jefferson, visit Monticello's website. Click here.

White House Historical Association/Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement/Makematic/DoGoodery