Historians Were Astounded When Workers Discovered A Secret Room In Thomas Jefferson’s Mansion

The rumors about President Thomas Jefferson’s affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, started while he was in office in 1802. It had been a disgruntled journalist – once an ally of Jefferson’s but later an embittered enemy – who set the ball rolling with articles in the Richmond Recorder.

That journalist, James T. Callender, wrote, “It is well known that the man, whom it delighteth the people to honor, keeps – and for many years past has kept – as his concubine, one of his own slaves. Her name is Sally.” The article went on to mention Jefferson by name, in case any of his readers were in any doubt about who “the man” referred to actually was.

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