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Source: KYW Radio
Date: August 17, 2006
Byline: AP

Finalists Chosen for 'President's House' Memorial

PHILADELPHIA – Americans now have the chance to voice their opinions on a national memorial that will commemorate slavery on the doorstep of liberty.

Five finalists have been chosen for "The President's House," which will mark the spot one block from Independence Hall where George Washington lived with his wife and several slaves. At the time, Philadelphia was the country's capital.

The models that went on display Wednesday are the result of what some historians describe as an effort over a number of years to get the National Park Service to acknowledge that the roots of freedom are entwined with slavery.

The mansion where Washington lived from 1790 to 1797 housed about nine slaves, two of whom escaped to freedom. President John Adams, who never owned slaves, later lived there for three years.

 

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