In 2014, the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society offered to donate free of charge to various school and public libraries The Jefferson- Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission. This program is made possible through the John and Catherine Coolidge Lastavica Literary Fund.

Chaired by Professor Robert F. Turner, of the University of Virginia, thirteen distinguished scholars, independent and unpaid, spent a year studying all the available evidence relating to whether Jefferson could have been the father of a child by Sally Hemings. This unique scholarship is the most authoritative examination of this controversial claim. Their conclusion was the “unanimous view that the allegation is by no means proven; and we find it regrettable that public confusion about the 1998 DNA testing and other evidence has misled many people into believing that the issue is closed.” A short biography on each of th scholars who served on the commission may be found at

Librarians who are interested in receiving the book may email The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society at, or Vivienne Kelley at Provide library address and contact information. The book will be provided by TJHS at no cost including shipping.



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