Op-Eds, Editorials & Letters to the Editor

Thomas Jefferson Day, 2006

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

National Geographic Society 2005 

Herbert Barger, Jefferson Family Historian and Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society board member, has recently assisted the National Geographic Society with a vital Genographic Project. Spencer Wells, National Geographic geneticist, needed the Jefferson DNA for his project and Mr. Barger, who assisted Dr. Eugene Foster with the 1998 Jefferson-Hemings DNA Study, agreed to assist and provided Jefferson information for this important study. It is from Mr. Barger's data banks that Jefferson family genealogy and history is maintained.

The results were revealed to the public in the National Geographic film production, The Search for Adam, shown nationally on June 26, 2005. A Jefferson DNA donor is shown providing a mouth swab for the match. Using other similar swabs, Mr. Wells was able to determine that the Jefferson DNA matched to the Phoenicians, an ancient civilization living in what is now Syria and Lebanon. The Phoenicians were known as the Canaanites in the Bible.

Keeping Up With The Jeffersons 2002

Editorial, The Washington Times

Is there a willful determination by some to sully the memory of one of America 's founding fathers as a debauched adulterer who some claimed "visited" one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, on a regular basis and fathered at least one child by her?

Fact Trumps Fiction on Jefferson Story

By Robert F. Turner, The Boston Globe

The allegation that Thomas Jefferson fathered children by Sally Hemings was first published in 1802 in fulfillment of a blackmail threat by one of the most disreputable scandalmongers of the era, James Callender, who hated people of color and expected that the rumor would cost Jefferson his reelection. 

The Truth About Jefferson

By Robert F. Turner, The Wall Street Journal

Were allegations about Thomas Jefferson's purported relationship with Sally Hemings just another bit of Clintonian--Monica Lewinsky spin?

Francis L. Berkeley Interview

This summary was prepared by Frank Buell, son-in-law of Herbert Barger, Jefferson Family Historian. It is based on an audio taped interview of Mr. Francis L. Berkeley conducted by Mr. Barger taken on March 29, 2000. Parts of this tape were unintelligible. There is one such incident contained in this summary which is represented by a blank line.

Mr. Berkeley was Curator of Manuscripts at the University of Virginia (UVA) for more than 25 years and was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Board for approximately 29 years.