CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Musician Dave Matthews will be the featured speaker at Monticello's 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation president Leslie Greene Bowman says in a news release that Mathews is an advocate for human rights and the ideal person to inspire new citizens.

Matthews was born in South Africa and became a naturalized citizen in 1980.

The foundation owns and operates Monticello. It says that more than 3,000 immigrants have become U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July at Monticello since 1963.

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