ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of people are preparing for a special overnight trip at President Thomas Jefferson's Monticello this week.

Descendants of people enslaved by the Jefferson family will be spending Friday night on Mulberry Row, a portion of the historic home that was made up of slave quarters, storage areas, and workshops.

Myra Anderson has requested to stay in a kitchen, because it is where her ancestors worked.

“I think when you enter a place, a historical space, it directly connects to your DNA and to the roots it takes on a more stronger feeling,” Anderson said.

Anderson says she plans to write a poem in honor of her ancestors during her time at the former plantation.