Jefferson's Dessert: Denial ofNegroAffair

Copyright David G. Wilson

acrylic on linen, 40"x 30", 1999; Collection of the artist.


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Jefferson's Dessert was the second course of a meal that the former president enjoyed with no apparent obligations to recognize the cook. 'Science' recently proved that his "Denial ofNegroAssociation" was permanently etched into HER-STORY. Here one sees an anthropomorphized table and the beautiful flower that she was, depicting the sexual abuse and dehumanization of Sally Hemmings, making her the dessert after the main course (Martha Wayles- his late wife and Sally's half sister). Sally surrenders, to the president, a golden apple (forbidden fruit- the taboo of master-slave cohabitation) and the cherry (her virginity- She was 13 years old when he 'took her to France').

Outside, the coachmen are awaiting the President-elect to take him to theZenith of his achievement, the Oval Office. However, Sally beat them to it and took him even higher, thereby leaving her image indelibly printed in "his story", forever.

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