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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: May 5, 2010
Byline: Stephan Salisbury

Meeting on plans for President's House set

A public meeting for discussion of the exhibition text and plans for the President's House memorial on Independence Mall will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Convention Center, in Conference Room 114.

The meeting will explore the interpretive plan for the site where George Washington and John Adams conducted their presidencies in the 1790's and where Washington held at least nine enslaved Africans. The proposed plan, which includes video dramatizations and text panels exploring the early presidencies, the nature of slavery in America, and the lives of chattel slaves owned by Washington, was on public view until earlier this week.

The panels may still be viewed online at the Independence Hall Association Web site,

Rosalyn McPherson, who is managing the project for the city and Independence National Historical Park, said Tuesday that public comments at the Friday meeting, along with comments on the visitor center installation, "will be used in the final process of content development."


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