Topic: Finding Eva Robinson Taylor: How African-American Oral Tradition Plus Documents and Modern Science Revealed a Formerly Unknown Kinship to Thomas Jefferson and His Extended Family
For more than 40 years, Gayle Jessup White pursued an oral history, a mere thread of a story claiming that her family is directly descended from Thomas Jefferson. With little evidence supporting the lineage, Gayle assumed she was related to Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Now, she’s discovered a surprising truth: she is indeed a Jefferson descendant, but not a Hemings. What she has uncovered may change the way historians and history lovers view Jefferson and his extended clan.
** The African American Heritage Center (AAHC) is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW. There is plenty of parking. The AAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.