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Council also votes to divest interests in weapons, fossil fuels
“Sally on West Main,” which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Music Resource Center’s LeRoi Moore Performance Hall, includes “From the Diary of Sally Hemings,” footage from “West Main Street,” and a new video installation by Marisa Williamson that laces everything together.
The innovative Charlottesville opera company has scheduled “Sally on West Main” for May 25, 2019. It follows Sally Hemings from Monticello to her new home on West Main Street.
The unveiling Saturday was marked by the largest gathering of the plantation's slave descendants in its history.
There will be free tours of the newly restored spaces, as well as a panel discussion.
Bettye Kearse hopes to validate her family's oral history that they are descendants of President James Madison and an enslaved cook named Coreen.
Charlottesville, I tell people, is a town with a top-ranked university, delicious restaurants, an exceptional music scene, and a historical patriarch who wrote the Declaration of Independence. But it is also a place that deifies a racist who grew rich on the labor of his slaves, wealth then used to found the cherished university.