Downtown Lunch & Learn

Thursday, June 6, 2019

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


Thomas Jefferson, Religious Freedom, and the Levy Family

with Courtney Anthony

The Declaration of Independence may be the best known document by Thomas Jefferson, but he also wrote and was equally proud of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This statute laid the groundwork for separation of church and state in the United States, opening the door for Jewish citizens to participate fully in all aspects of American life. The prominent Levy family – including Uriah Levy, the first Jewish Commodore in the U.S. Navy – were so grateful to Jefferson that they purchased Monticello after he died and preserved it for the American people. Join us in exploring this fascinating story from our nation’s history.

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