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Understanding Skilled Domestic Service at Monticello: Ladies’ Maids, Butlers and Chefs

November 17, 2008

What & When
On Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will present a lecture by Dr. Leni Sorensen, African-American research historian at Monticello. Sorensen’s lecture, “Understanding Skilled Domestic Service at Monticello,” will discuss new research about the enslaved people who maintained the plantation and home of Thomas Jefferson.

Theater, Woodbridge Campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Free and open to the public

Dan Lewis, 703-878-5716

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the lecture is part of a special public history program that will examine Virginia’s history of slavery with emphasis on Prince William County. Several community organizations, including Rippon Lodge and Leesylvania State Park, have joined NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus in developing a program that showcases the rich history of the county’s black population. Additional events will take place during 2009. Contact Dan Lewis for more information.

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