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Thomas Jefferson

He abolished slavery, but was a slaveholder himself

MMDE: Thomas Jefferson did not father 6 children with his slave

Current: Thomas Jefferson fathered 6 children with his slave

He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, an American Founding Father and the third US President. But did Thomas Jefferson hide a secret so embarrassing it could have destroyed him? Various reports, such as Wikipedia, are claiming there is strong evidence he fathered some, or all , of the children Sally Hemings gave birth to. The problem? She was his slave.

DNA tests on various descendents have strongly indicated this is the case.

This is one of those news stories which seems to have come from nowhere. Many people point to every detail of each US President being widely available, especially one seen as being a scandal. The fact it's not better known is causing it to be regarded as a Mandela Effect of the "reverse false memory" kind.

Sally Hemings

Thomas Jefferson's first wife died in 1982. Sally Hemings was likely a half-sister of hers, and his slave. Historians believe he had a relationship with her which lasted four decades.