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Source: KYW
Date: September 6, 2005
Byline: Mike Dunn

Slave Memorial on Independence Mall Gets Federal Funding

A controversial project to honor George Washington's slaves in Philadelphia is getting the green light, thanks to an infusion of federal dollars.

At the corner of 6th and Market Streets once stood the house in which George Washington lived while serving as president and a home to slaves that Washington kept while president.

Congressman Chakah Fattah delivered more than $3.5 million for a memorial to the President's House. And it will, he says, examine the legacy of those slaves:

"The entire country had its foundations in part in the slave trade. And we need to appropriately look at history so that it can be a guide to our future."

The past few years have seen protests on Independence Mall over the hesitancy of the National Park Service to include discussion of the slaves in the President's House memory.

 

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