Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mary Jefferson - Thomas, Sally, and Me

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thomas, Sally, and Me

Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson
The controversy over Sally Hemings’ relationship with Thomas Jefferson initially arose in 1802 during Jefferson’s first term as President of the United States.  In the more than two centuries since, it has occasionally abated for short periods, only to return as new documents, oral histories, and scientific discoveries come into use.

Mary Jefferson is the great-great-great granddaughter of Eston Hemings Jefferson, the  youngest of six children of Sally Hemings, a slave, and Thomas Jefferson, her owner and third President of the United States.  Ms. Jefferson has lived in Diamond Bar and Anaheim Hills for almost 40 years and is a retired Chino Valley USD teacher.  She earned a bachelors degree in education from Western Illinois University and a masters in education from CSUF, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student of 1981.  As a student, Ms. Jefferson was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; she is currently a member of numerous organizations, including AAUW, the Sierra Club, DAR, and the League of Women Voters.  She is also a member of the choir at Anaheim United Methodist Church and a volunteer usher at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  Ms. Jefferson was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1998.