Jupiter (Evans?)

Portrait by Artist to Come

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
1743 at Shadwell Plantation, Albemarle County, Virginia
  DIED:
1800 at Monticello, Albemarle County, Virginia

Slave of Thomas Jefferson. Both born in 1743, they grew up together. Portrait to come.

 

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I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. This, with its echo of the Declaration (self-evident) was Jefferson at his most terse. Except for the phrase in usufruct — a legalism meaning the right to use property for a certain time — Jefferson’s words could be chiseled in stone, or shouted on the hustings.

Richard Brookhiser
James Madison (2011)