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Jul. 14, 2015 11:17 am

New iBeacon-powered app lets you walk in the footsteps of Jefferson’s slaves

Visitors to Monticello can now experience hyper-localized stories about the slaves who lived there. And even hear from their living descendants.

Monticello visitors can now retrace the steps of Thomas Jefferson's slaves.

(Screenshot via Vimeo)

At the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s 5,000-acre Virginia plantation, Monticello, lies Mulberry Row — the center of activity for the many slaves who toiled under the Founding Father’s gaze.

Most of the compound’s workshops, stores and dwellings have gone to dust, but some of the stories of their occupants have lived on.

With a new app commissioned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and made by the Philadelphia-based Bluecadet, visitors can now read about the slaves who lived at Jefferson’s agricultural estate.

Also accessible remotely, the app uses iBeacon technology to deliver stories related to events that took place within a few feet of the visitor.

“History is typically told through the eyes of well-known historical figures, but that is only one perspective,” Bluecadet CEO Josh Goldblum said in a press release. “This app brings to life the stories of those who have been overlooked and neglected by history.”

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