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Living History: Enslaver & the Enslaved: Expanding Your Understanding of Thomas Jefferson

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Explore the statue of Thomas Jefferson with a costumed interpreter and dig into his legacy - both as a Founding Father and as an enslaver. Together with interpreters, discover how the third U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence rationalized his commitment to freedom, while enslaving more than 600 people of African descent. Who were the people enslaved by Jefferson And what do we know about them- their lives, their families, and their descendants. Afterward, write a letter to Jefferson telling him what you think and feel about his life and legacy.

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170 Central Park West

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am–8pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • Experience the past in a brand new way at the New-York Historical Society! Explore historic treasures from our permanent collection—including toys from childhoods of the past—and learn about New York and American history in rotating exhibitions. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children, and preteens. From weekly storytelling for toddlers to living historians, we have what you need for your New York and history-obsessed child!
  • Nearest public transportation stop: 81st Street; B, C
  • Play area: Indoor
  • Party room: Yes

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