research committee appointed by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello,
released its report Jan. 26 on the relationship between Jefferson
and his slave, Sally Hemings. Its conclusion: Jefferson almost
certainly fathered one of Hemings' sons, and likely all six of
Hemings' known children.
Foundation president Dan Jordan appointed the committee in the
wake of the October 1998 publication of a DNA study that concluded
that Jefferson was likely the father of Hemings' youngest son,
committee's research validated the DNA findings and documented
Jefferson's presence at Monticello at the times that Hemings presumably
conceived. It also cited prevailing beliefs that Jefferson had
a slave family.