Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:24

I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Kerry

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Monticello is shrine enough for a man who wrote that “all men are created equal” and yet never did much to make those words come true. When my brother Frank and I were boys visiting our grandparents at their home in Virginia, just outside of Washington, we used to heckle our grandmother until she would drive us into town so we could visit the Smithsonian museum on the Mall. As we crossed the Potomac River on the 14th Street Bridge, the Memorial stood off to the left, overlooking the Tidal Basin. I don’t remember ever visiting the memorial, even though it was just a short walk from the museums. It was located on the Mall, along Drive, naturally. We were surrounded by the history of Thomas when we made those visits to our grandparents. We would drive down to Charlottesville with our grandmother to visit our great-aunts and our great-grandmother — and they would take us up the mountain to Monticello and drop us off to play in the house and on the grounds. They treated Monticello like it was the family home, because in a way it was: They were great-granddaughters. They had been born and grew up only a few miles away at a family plantation, called Edgehill.
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