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Source: CityPaper
Date: September 21, 2006
Byline: Bruce Schimmel

Fresh News From the Past

Models of the proposed commemoration of Washington's house on Independence Mall — and the slaves he kept there — have been drawing crowds at the Constitution Center, and online at

This project came alive after it was discovered that the Park Service buried the story of Washington's slaves. More of this story is now emerging. Since these five models went on display in August, historian Ed Lawler has determined that Washington kept his slaves illegally.

As more of our past unfolds, it changes the present and our vision of our future. Which is why I'm particularly enamored of the two designs by Philadelphia firms. Both acknowledge that history is an evolving enterprise, whose discoveries can help us become a more just nation.

In response to popular demand, the five models are being moved to the African American Museum until the end of the month. Don't miss them.


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