Slave Quarters of Sally Hemings Uncovered at Jefferson plantation


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Archeologists have uncovered a shocking area of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello mansion. The discovery of Sally Hemings' living quarters have left experienced social scientists amazed.

Hemings was enslaved by Jefferson, and historians believe she gave birth to six of Jefferson's children.

"This discovery gives us a sense of how enslaved people were living. Some of Sally's children may have been born in this room," said Gardiner Hallock, director of restoration for Jefferson's mountaintop plantation. "It's important because it shows Sally as a human being- a mother, daughter, and sister- and brings put the relationships in her life."

Heming's room was 14 feet, 8 inches wide and 13 feet long, and went unnoticed for decades. The space had been converted into a men's bathroom in 1941, some considered this as a final insult to Hemings' legacy.

"For the first time at Monticello we have a physical space dedicated to Sally Hemings and her life," Mia Magruder Dammann, a spokeswoman for Monticello said, "It's significant because it connects the entire African American arch at Monticello."

Fraser Neiman, director of archeology at Monticello, said Hemings' quarters revealed the original brick hearth and fireplace, the brick structure for a stove and the original floors from the early 1800s.

"This room is a real connection to the past," said Neiman. "We are uncovering and discovering and we're finding many, many artifacts."

Hemings' room is now being restored for eventual public viewing.

Information for this story came from NBCnews.