UVA, Monticello announce recipients of 2024 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals

The Daily Progress: Thomas Jefferson was many things. A leader, he served as governor of Virginia, secretary of state and president of the United States. A lawyer, his understanding of man’s unalienable rights contributed not only to America’s freedom from overseas powers but Americans’ ongoing fight for civil rights. An architect, his designs for his Monticello estate and the University of Virginia Academical Village today are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Every year, two institutions charged with carrying on his legacy — the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which owns and operates Monticello — and UVa — the school Jefferson founded — recognize three individuals for their contributions to architecture, civil leadership and the law.

This year’s recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are landscape architect Kate Orff, attorney Julieanna Richardson and Judge Roger Gregory.

“In 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘honesty, knowledge and industry’ were the habits of mind, and of character, that should earn the new nation’s ‘highest esteem,’” Jane Kamensky, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, said in a statement announcing the award winners. “This year’s winners have broken barriers in our nation’s legal system, spearheaded architectural efforts to address climate change, and founded the largest effort to record and preserve the African American experience in nearly a century.” Read more>>