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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:07 am

Paul Thompson's parents had told him that he was a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, but it has taken a weekend of hearing stories from the descendants of those who were at Monticello more than 200 years ago for that concept to fully sink in.

"They told me and I was like, 'Oh, all right,'" Thompson, 18, said on Saturday while standing in front of an oversized family tree poster in the James Monroe Room at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. "This hits closer to home."

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