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Image of Thomas Jefferson alongside Black descendant holds ‘a mirror’ to America

Shannon LaNier, a TV host in Houston, is pictured in a photo in Smithsonian Magazine alongside his direct ancestor, Thomas Jefferson.

Shannon LaNier, a ninth-generation descendant of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, wore the same sort of outfit as his famous ancestor for a…

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But LaNier, who is Black, said in the article in the magazine’s July issue that he chose not to wear a wig for his likeness of his great…

“I didn’t want to become Jefferson,” LaNier said. “My ancestor had his dreams — and now it’s up to all of us living in America today to…

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