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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 17: The reflection of Monticello is shown on a fish pond August 17, 2005 at Monticello near Charlottesville in Virginia. The rapid growth of the Washington Metropolitan area in Northern Virginia is threatening the "Journey Through Hallowed Ground" Corridor, which encompasses a 175-mile-long stretch of land from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello, Virginia, with incompatible new developments (suburban sprawl) according to the recently released study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in its annual list of America's most endangered historic places. The corridor has been recognized by national historians as the region that holds more American history than any other place in the country. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Six new exhibits and restored spaces are set to open for the first time during a day of special programming at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. 

    The site is also hosting a gathering Saturday for descendants of families who were enslaved on the famous plantation of the nation's third president. Monticello says in a news release that the gathering is expected to be the largest reunion of descendants of enslaved families in modern history. 

    The events are being held in conjunction with national Juneteenth events and to mark the conclusion of a five-year restoration initiative. 

    Other activities will include musical performances and a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.

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