Defining Jefferson’s Legacy: Exhibiting a Film at Monticello for the 21st Century

by Kenneth Gatten Iii
After the recent nationwide protests against racial injustice, the public has been debating how, or if, we should remember historical figures—exemplified by Thomas Jefferson. The Monticello museum claims to address this question by “bring[ing] history forward into national and global dialogues.” But visitors say otherwise. So, I propose that Monticello takes a cue from modern curatorship developments to exhibit a short documentary that reviews the legacy of Jefferson’s ideas in 21st century American history.
Major: 
English
Exhibition Category: 
Arts and Humanities (including Visual Arts)
Exhibition Format: 
Poster Presentation
Campus: 
University Park
Faculty Sponsor: 
Stephen Browne
Poster Number: 
15971