Lecture: Catherine Kerrison on “Jefferson’s Daughters”
April 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading
historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of
Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to
attend, and pre-orders for books are encouraged. Pre-orders available soon.
Join the Old Barracks Museum on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 PM for a lecture by
Catherine Kerrison on her book “Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White
and Black in a Young America.” Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Thomas Jefferson is among the most famous of America’s Founding Fathers,
but it is easy to forget that he was an actual father to three daughters:
Martha and Maria, by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his
slave Sally Hemings. This talk will explore the different life paths the
eldest and youngest sisters chose, to see both the possibilities and the
limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American
Revolution. Their stories help us to understand issues of race and gender
in our own day, and to reflect on the personal and political legacy of one
of our most fascinating Founders.