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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: January 9, 2003
Byline: Philadelphia Inquirer

Meeting will deal with Presidents' House, slavery

A public meeting to discuss new exhibit and site designs focusing on slavery and the original presidential residence has been scheduled by Independence National Historical Park for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Seventh and Arch Streets.

Public interest in the subject was aroused last spring after reports that the entrance to the new Liberty Bell pavilion, now under construction, would be situated near the spot where George Washington quartered slaves. Washington and his successor, John Adams, both lived in a mansion near Sixth and Market Streets during their presidencies in the 1790s.

The National Park Service had not planned to address slavery in the new bell pavilion exhibits, nor were there plans to commemorate the residence, known widely as the Presidents' House. The resulting controversy, however, led officials to reconsider, and in the summer, Congress directed the Park Service "to appropriately commemorate" Washington's slaves.


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