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April 9, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Richmond, Va., symposium on the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings turned to a war of words between a panel of historians and several skeptics in the audience. The 13 panelists agreed that results from a DNA test taken two years ago linked the Jefferson family to Hemings' youngest son, Eston Hemings. But none said that Jefferson definitely fathered any of Hemings' six children.
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July 25, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Eugene Foster, the retired pathologist who orchestrated the DNA testing that showed Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one of the children of slave Sally Hemings, died Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, according to his son-in-law Brian Pusser. He was 81. Historians had speculated for nearly two centuries that Jefferson's affair with the household slave had produced offspring, because of rumors at the time and because the children strongly resembled the nation's third president.
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NEWS
May 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Thomas Jefferson's descendants, at the annual meeting of the Monticello Assn. in Charlottesville, Va., again put off a decision on whether to allow the descendants of Jefferson slave Sally Hemings into their organization. The delay frustrated Hemings' descendants who attended seeking formal acceptance of their family tradition that Jefferson and Hemings had children together.
OPINION
June 23, 2004 | Evan Cornog, Evan Cornog, an associate dean at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of "The Power and the Story: How the Crafted Presidential Narrative Has Determined Political Success From George Washington to George W. Bush," which will be published next month by Penguin Press.
Presidents love their legacies. They start planning them long before they leave office -- sometimes before they even enter it. They dream in advance of their places in history, and they scheme to make sure that their own versions of events are the ones that prevail.
NEWS
November 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Descendants of one of Thomas Jefferson's slaves, Sally Hemings, say they feel vindicated by the results of a genetic study that offers strong evidence that Jefferson fathered at least one of her children. Less than a day after the announcement, tour guides at Monticello, Jefferson's Charlottesville, Va., plantation, were telling visitors about the historic findings as they strolled through the estate.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2000 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to good timing, don't bet against Tina Andrews. Andrews, a former soap opera actress who abandoned her performing career several years ago to concentrate on screenwriting, knew she was onto something 16 years ago when she first became obsessed with the story of Sally Hemings, the slave who had a controversial 38-year relationship with Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence.
NEWS
May 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
Michele Cooley-Quille knew that when she arrived for the weekend Jefferson family reunion, she might not be welcomed with open arms. Same for Mary Jefferson. Likewise for Shay Banks Young. But these distant cousins--Jefferson is white, the other two are black--attended the Jefferson family reunion this weekend in Charlottesville anyway. The three, along with about 17 others, came to seek recognition as descendants of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
From the quill pen of your Los Angeles Times correspondent, Feb. 11, 2000: It is well-known that the people are in a woeful dilemma respecting the man it delighteth them to honor. The allegation against Mr. Thomas Jefferson--that he chose African stock upon which to engraft his own descendants--is of a nature whose delicacy must strike every person of common sensibility. We should be glad to hear of its refutation. Yet we are under the firmest belief that such a refutation can ever be made.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: * Today--"Civil Rights Martyrs: Free at Last" (TLC, 9-11 p.m.) Broadcast in observance of Black History Month, this documentary uses archival material, interviews with survivors and dramatic re-creations to present the stories of 12 victims of racial violence during the '50s and '60s in the South. Actor Steve Harris ("The Practice") narrates.
NEWS
November 1, 1998 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the fledgling United States, almost certainly fathered a child with a slave mistress at his Monticello plantation, scientists who analyzed genetic material collected from his living descendants have concluded. The new evidence, made public Saturday, sheds the first reliable scientific light on an unusually emotional controversy over paternity that has simmered for almost two centuries.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2002 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Thomas Jefferson's descendants decided Sunday that DNA tests and historic evidence are not enough to admit relatives of Sally Hemings, a Jefferson slave, as bona fide members of their organization. The Monticello Assn., whose 700 members are descended from Jefferson and his daughters, Martha and Maria, opted not to welcome the Hemings family into the organization.
NEWS
May 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Thomas Jefferson's descendants, at the annual meeting of the Monticello Assn. in Charlottesville, Va., again put off a decision on whether to allow the descendants of Jefferson slave Sally Hemings into their organization. The delay frustrated Hemings' descendants who attended seeking formal acceptance of their family tradition that Jefferson and Hemings had children together.
NEWS
May 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
Michele Cooley-Quille knew that when she arrived for the weekend Jefferson family reunion, she might not be welcomed with open arms. Same for Mary Jefferson. Likewise for Shay Banks Young. But these distant cousins--Jefferson is white, the other two are black--attended the Jefferson family reunion this weekend in Charlottesville anyway. The three, along with about 17 others, came to seek recognition as descendants of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2000 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is a regular contributor to Calendar
"If there was ever an American story that was meant to be an opera, it was this one," says composer Glenn Paxton. "The story of Thomas Jefferson is just fraught with all the themes of great opera." What he's referring to is the founding father's contradictory public and private views of slavery. Jefferson thought it was an abomination, yet something that could not be abolished without rending the fabric of the young republic.
NEWS
April 9, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Richmond, Va., symposium on the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings turned to a war of words between a panel of historians and several skeptics in the audience. The 13 panelists agreed that results from a DNA test taken two years ago linked the Jefferson family to Hemings' youngest son, Eston Hemings. But none said that Jefferson definitely fathered any of Hemings' six children.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
From the quill pen of your Los Angeles Times correspondent, Feb. 11, 2000: It is well-known that the people are in a woeful dilemma respecting the man it delighteth them to honor. The allegation against Mr. Thomas Jefferson--that he chose African stock upon which to engraft his own descendants--is of a nature whose delicacy must strike every person of common sensibility. We should be glad to hear of its refutation. Yet we are under the firmest belief that such a refutation can ever be made.
NEWS
November 8, 1998 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dating and marriage just got more complicated for Mary Esther Jefferson, a Diamond Bar woman who recently learned that she and 13 other family members are bona fide descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, a slave who worked on his plantation. "I used to tell men I dated that I was pretty sure I was related to Jefferson and Hemings, just so any white supremacists could make a quick exit," said the 51-year-old reading instructor.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2000 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to good timing, don't bet against Tina Andrews. Andrews, a former soap opera actress who abandoned her performing career several years ago to concentrate on screenwriting, knew she was onto something 16 years ago when she first became obsessed with the story of Sally Hemings, the slave who had a controversial 38-year relationship with Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: * Today--"Civil Rights Martyrs: Free at Last" (TLC, 9-11 p.m.) Broadcast in observance of Black History Month, this documentary uses archival material, interviews with survivors and dramatic re-creations to present the stories of 12 victims of racial violence during the '50s and '60s in the South.
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