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Selection of Historical Figures from the United States Revolutionary Period, including Patriots and Founders.

Portrait length color image of Sally Hemings aka. Sarah Hemings, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Sally Hemings aka. Sarah Hemings, by George Stuart.

Treated as One of the Family, But Still a Slave.

Sally was born on the land of John Wayles in 1773, a mixed-race daughter of the Wayles and one of his slaves. Thomas Jefferson married John’s daughter Martha (Sally’s half-sister), and infant Sally came to his household as part of Martha’s inheritance. She accompanied Jefferson and his daughter Polly to Paris at age 14 in 1787, and this was probably the beginning of her relationship with Jefferson. Jefferson freed all of Sally’s surviving children, but never freed Sally herself.

Full length color image of Sally Hemings aka. Sarah Hemings, by George Stuart.

Left close up color image of Sally Hemings aka. Sarah Hemings, by George Stuart.

Right closup color image of Sally Hemings aka. Sarah Hemings, by George Stuart.

Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
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