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  • In announcing the book's release, Mr. Turner said he is challenging scholars on the other side of the issue to debate the matter publicly.

    New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave Hemings →

  • "It is true that Sally's sons Madison and Eston were freed in Jefferson's will, but so were all but two of the sons and grandsons of Sally's mother Betty Hemings who still belonged to Thomas Jefferson at the time of his death. Sally's sons received by far the least favorable treatment of those freed in Thomas Jefferson's will," said Robert F. Turner, a former professor at the University of Virginia who served as chairman of the commission.

    New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave Hemings →

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