Thomas Jefferson—Portland, OR, USA

Thomas Jefferson was unseated at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon.

After a protest against police of about 1,000 people that rallied at Jefferson High School in Portland, the seated statue of Thomas Jefferson was upended and the base vandalized.1 The school was the rallying point of the march, which proceeded to a nearby park. The statue was upended sometime before the protesters returned, according to reports.2 It was the third statue in the state to be removed over the weekend, joining Pioneer and Pioneer Mother at the University of Oregon.3

Best known as a Founding Father who was a driving force in the formation of American democracy, Thomas Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves in his lifetime.4 Jefferson frequently raped one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, with whom he began sexually abusing when she was only a teenager.5


  1. Protesters pull down Thomas Jefferson statue in front of Portland high school ↩︎

  2. Thomas Jefferson statue toppled in Portland, Oregon ↩︎

  3. University of Oregon responds to destruction of campus statues ↩︎

  4. The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson ↩︎

  5. Thomas Jefferson spent years raping his slave Sally Hemings. A new novel treats their relationship as a love story. ↩︎

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