Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
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The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is a non-profit organization headquarted in Albemarle County that seeks to defend free speech. The organization was founded in 1990. Its president is Robert O'Neill, a former president of the University of Virginia.
The center is responsible for the First Amendment Monument on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Every April, the group awards "Jefferson Muzzles" to individuals, governments, businesses and organizations that have somehow limited free speech. These are awarded on or near Jefferson's birthday and are meant to celebrate his comment that freedom of speech ‘cannot be limited without being lost.’
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