WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

TJ's Relatives Come for Family Reunion

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

July 13, 2007

Friday afternoon, about 250 relatives of Thomas Jefferson and those connected to Monticello, will be coming to Charlottesville for a family reunion.

Dubbed the Monticello Community Gathering, it is the first grand-scale event of its kind, and will feature activities where descendants can learn about how life was like for their relatives. Many of the descendants will be meeting relatives for the first time.

The aim of the gathering is to celebrate the diversity of the Monticello heritage and the democratic ideals of Jefferson.

The event is the brainchild of Prinny Anderson, the great great great great granddaughter of Jefferson, who says her lineage inadvertently affects how she lives her life today.

"It has very much influenced my desire to acknowledge the contributions of all the people that make Jefferson's work possible," shared Anderson. "The workman, the slaves, the family members. And it's moved me to be more active in things like civil rights and justice."

The gathering kicks off Friday night with a reception at the University of Virginia and last through Sunday afternoon.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8487207