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Work starting on slave restoration at Madison's Montpelier


ORANGE, Va. (AP)- The foundation that oversees the Virginia homestead of President James Madison begins work Saturday on the reconstruction of the slave community known as South Yard.

The groundbreaking ceremony at Montpelier will include John Franklin of the Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum and Margaret Jordan, a direct descendant of Madison's personal slave, Paul Jennings. Jordan is also a member of the Montpelier board of directors.

The work at the Orange landmark is being underwritten by David M. Rubenstein, a leading Washington philanthropist. He donated $3.5 million to the restoration, as well as $6.5 million to complete the refurbishment of the home where Madison drafted ideas that became the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Rubenstein also donated $10 million to recreate slave quarters at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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