I would like to get a memorial for the slaves at Monticello at their gravesite
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The “African American Graveyard” at Monticello sits in the confines of a rotting wooden fence located next to the parking lot surrounded by trees, and poorly landscaped land. The only plaque that points the location out as a graveyard is plastic and sits on one side of the area only visible to those directly in front of it. It almost suggests that visitors have no need to do anything but move right past it, or even step over the low fence to shortcut their way onto the paved path leading to a picnic area. The clear lack of attention to this site is insulting and shameful as compared to the grave site for Jefferson and his recognized family, which memorialized him with a large gravestone and metal plaques titling the area as “The Monticello Graveyard.” The Jefferson graveyard is protected by a large decorative gate and fence, visually signifying a place that must be held in high esteem and is exclusive to those that will respect and properly honor the area. The Jefferson grave site provides obvious contrast from the “African American Graveyard,” which has no proper or cultural emblems symbolic of a memorial or site that would be considered sacred and significant. Until the grave site is properly memorialized those who were enslaved can never be free. They are solidified as Jefferson's property and legacy, as opposed to individuals with their own noteworthy lives.
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