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Descendant of Thomas Jefferson to Discuss Journey of Discovering Who She Is

Published on Feb 24, 2021

The Hastings Branch Library will be hosting author Gayle Jessup White, who is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, on Friday, February 26, at 5 p.m., as she discusses her journey tracing her family’s oral tradition connecting her to Jefferson. Joining her will be a descendant from two of the families that served Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia, was also home for 400 enslaved men, women and children, and is a testament to America’s legacy of freedom and slavery.

White will discuss her upcoming book, “An American Journey – A Legacy of Freedom and Slavery,” as well as her journey tracing her family’s oral tradition connecting her to Jefferson. The book will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2021.

White is Monticello’s first public relations and community engagement officer, a role which she took after spending decades tracing her family’s Jefferson connection. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Communication degree from Howard University, and her Master’s degree in Communications from Northwestern University.

The event is part of Pasadena Public Library’s “Authors and Their Journeys” series and is sponsored by the Hastings Branch Library Associates.

To register for the free event on Zoom, visit and sign up by clicking on the February 26, 5 p.m. tab. A link to the Zoom event will be sent to your email.

The event is recommended for ages 18 and up.

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