Happy Birthday, TJ-April 13,1743

Thomas Jefferson’s Tombstone: Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.”  He selected what he wanted it to say.

Thomas Jefferson

Benevolent Patriarch,

Self described master of the enslaved.

Also

Vice President,

Secretary of State

 and U.S. President,

Flawed and brilliant.

Product of the Enlightenment.

Harshly judged by the 21st century.

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