National Museum of African American History and Culture

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Washington, D.C.

Project Timeline: 
December 2010 - January 2012
3,200 square feet
Exhibit Fabrication: 
Capitol Museum Services

Working with NMAAHC and Monticello, PRD designed this exhibition to place Jefferson in the human context of the conflict between the ideals of freedom and the realities of enslavement that defined his life, that of the 600 people he owned during his lifetime, and the origins of our nation. This duality is illustrated at the entrance of the exhibition with large photomurals of two men named Jefferson: Thomas, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, and Isaac, one of the people recorded as property in his Farm Book.