A new discovery by archaeologists may have produced more questions than answers about Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s mix-raced slave who many believe is the father of her children.
The recent discovery by archaeologists reveals Hemings’ living quarters in Jefferson’s old plantation home in Monticello, Virginia.
Historians have long debated Jefferson’s and Hemings’ infamous relationship that dates to a slanderous article published in an 1802 report by political enemy James T. Callender.
Many historians and family members of Jefferson continue to question the nature Hemings’ and Jefferson’s relationship. DNA testing has found her children are in fact related to the Jefferson bloodline, but not necessarily to Thomas Jefferson himself, since DNA requires a male heir to prove ancestry, of which Jefferson had none. From Jefferson’s brothers to his nephews and cousins, it is possible that anyone from that time could have fathered Hemings’ children.
This morning on “Pat & Stu,” the guys question why, with so much evidence lacking to support the claims, the rumor persists.