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Dave Matthews Helps Monticello Celebrate Fourth Of July

Dave Matthews Helps Monticello Celebrate Fourth Of July

79 people who began life in distant lands such as Peru, Germany, and South Korea became new American citizens on the Fourth of July at Monticello.  The main speaker for the Independence Day and naturalization ceremony was Grammy-winning musician Dave Matthews (pictured third from left).   Matthews was born in South Africa and became a naturalized citizen in 1980.    He recalled what he views as a bureaucratic nightmare when a friend from Sri Lanka tried to become a naturalized American in 2000.   Matthews also paid tribute to the legendary Woody Guthrie, who wrote and performed the song “This Land Is Your Land.”     He shared a speakers’ area with former State Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas (pictured left) and Leslie Greene Bowman (pictured second from left) of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.