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US Thomas Jefferson alongside Black great-grandson holds 'a mirror' to U.S.

01:15  05 july  2020
01:15  05 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Aaron Burr' s great, great, great, great, great great , grandson became a famous stand up comedian, though he doesn't like to highlight his American For gods sake Thomas Jefferson thought being a slave owner was notorious. His original draft of the declaration railed against Britain for starting the

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Shannon LaNier, a sixth great-grandson of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, wore the same sort of outfit as his famous ancestor for a Smithsonian Magazine piece, "American Descendants."

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But LaNier, who is Black, said in the article in the magazine's July issue that he chose not to wear a wig like his white progenitor.

“I didn’t want to become Jefferson,” LaNier said. “My ancestor had his dreams — and now it’s up to all of us living in America today to make sure no one is excluded from the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

LaNier, a TV host in Houston who co-authored a book about his family, "Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family," also said of the third U.S. president, “He was a brilliant man who preached equality, but he didn’t practice it. He owned people. And now I’m here because of it.”

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The newly opened space at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson ’ s palatial mountaintop plantation, is presented Thanks to a short description given by one of Jefferson ’ s grandsons , historians believe that Hemings lived in the The foundation held conference calls and meetings with historians, board

He' s also a Black man — the sixth great - grandson of Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who had six children with the Founding Father. Shannon LaNier chose not to wear a wig while posing as his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.

The Smithsonian article features pictures by British photographer Drew Gardner who about 15 years ago started tracking down descendants of famous Europeans such as Napoleon and Charles Dickens to see if they would "pose as their famous forebears in portraits he was recreating," the article said.

Then Gardner thought of the U.S.

“For all its travails, America is the most brilliant idea,” the photographer is quoted as saying. The photographer "especially wanted to challenge the idea that history is 'white and male,'" the article said.

Other famous Americans featured alongside descendants in the piece are Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

LaNier posted the photos of himself and Jefferson on Instagram, saying the magazine article "is helping hold a mirror" to America,.

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The side-by-side images show that Jefferson "not only took part in creating this country but also it's people... black, white, brown, yellow & red!" LaNier wrote.


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