Untold and Overlooked: Remembering the Stories of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Slaves


Joseph McGill rolls his suitcase out of the basement of Thomas Jefferson’s house at Poplar Forest, where dozens of slaves once lived. McGill has slept in about 95 former homes of enslaved African Americans since 2010 when he founded the Slave Dwelling Project. It has brought him to 19 states, including 7 in the north. (Credit: Jordy Yager)

This past weekend, Poplar Forest paid tribute to the lives and stories of the 95 African-Americans enslaved by Thomas Jefferson there, and the legacies they left behind. At the center of it all was Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project. Jordy Yager has this report.


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