After Jefferson’s death Sally Hemings and her sons went to live in a rented house on Main Street in Charlottesville, not far from her sister Mary. Later her sons would buy their own homes, and she would live with her son Madison. Word spread of her informal emancipation, for she and her son were listed in the 1830 census as free white people, even though it is inconceivable that the census taker did not know who she was. Her honorary whiteness did not last, however. Three years later, in a special census of 1833, conducted to count the free blacks in the community for purposes of determining which of them wanted to be resettled in Africa, Hemings described herself as a free mulatto who had lived in Charlottesville since 1826. She and her sons declined to return to Africa. They continued to live in downtown Charlottesville, participating in the life of the growing town until her death in the 1830s. Her two eldest children, Beverley and Harriet, kept in contact with their family. But as the years passed, the choices the children of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson made would separate their lines forever. Three would live in the white world, and one would remain in the black world. The end result of their individual decisions show clearly what it has meant to be white in America and what it has meant to be black.
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello
Tfw you wake up early in the morning around 7 am on a free day, because this routine lasted for almost a month, there’s an hour or two left until your departure for home, you wanna draw the idea you came up with last night but couldn’t get to because you were tired af…
There’s a reason why I wanted to draw Avatar Aang, his granddaughter Jinora and Momo - three representatives of the peaceful air nomads. Read more if you feel like you could use a short history lesson.
i know eurppean like politics are dif tho ive seen posts about how umm like easten europeans from like small contries like lativia estone lithuania are discriminated against by western eruropeans like uhhh english? but i dont know much of that