my vague, mostly wrong recollection was that he freed her in his will....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_HemingsEven though he was deeply in debt, Jefferson freed all of Sally Hemings' children: Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston, as they came of age. They were seven-eighths European in ancestry, and three of the four entered white society as adults. Their descendants identified as white. As the historian Edmund S. Morgan has noted, "Hemings herself was withheld from auction and freed at last by Jefferson’s daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, who was, of course, her niece."
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