Lucian K. Truscott IV is a screenwriter and journalist who followed the 101st Airborne Division at the beginning of the Iraq War. Truscott also wrote the introduction to Jefferson’s Children, the Story of One American Family, by Shannon Lanier (a descendant of Sally Hemings) and Jane Feldman. The fascinating compilation of photographs—some of which accompany this article—and commentary by Jefferson’s descendants focuses on an issue that has entered into the larger American conversation.
A descendant of Thomas Jefferson comments on the quarrel over who can be allowed in the family graveyard, and the missing remains of Sally Hemings. The outcome of the dispute is important to every American.