An American Journey – A Legacy of Freedom and Slavery

PASADENA, Calif. – As part of Pasadena Public Library’s Black History Month celebration, author Gayle Jessup White, a descendant of Founding Father and Third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and two of the families he enslaved will discuss her decades-long journey tracing her family’s oral tradition connecting her to Jefferson on Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Sponsored by the Hastings Branch Library Associates. To attend, sign up at

Monticello, once the home of Jefferson and 400 enslaved men, women and children, is a testament to America’s legacy of freedom and slavery. A book about White’s life-long journey will be published by HarperCollins in the fall of 2021. White is also Monticello’s first public relations and community engagement officer.

For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7262 or