Gayle Jessup White

Gayle Jessup White is the Community Engagement Officer at Monticello. She came to the position following several years of research into her family history, that claimed her as a direct descendent of Thomas Jefferson. She studied over photographs and documents as a Jefferson Studies Fellow, slept on the floor of a Monticello kitchen where her ancestors likely cooked, and pursued DNA evidence, which recently revealed her great-great grandmother was the daughter of Peter Hemings, an older brother of the famous Sally Hemings. As Community Engagement Officer, she works to connect Monticello to the wider community.