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Before the fireworks and barbeques begin, many Americans are taking time to think about the hard work of America's fore fathers on Independence Day.
The Bel Air Mansion is the oldest house in Prince William County, and it's going on the auction block on April 18.
Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owner who freed only nine of his more than 600 slaves during his lifetime.
When Thomas Jefferson died, scores of slaves were sold from his Monticello plantation to settle his debts. Peter Fossett, 11, was among them, recalling that he was "born and reared as free, not knowing that I was a slave, then suddenly, at the death of Jefferson, put on an auction block and sold to strangers."
Chris Core, commentator
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