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Pennsylvania: 'Servants' vs. 'Slaves'
Scholars are objecting to a National Park Service text that does not specifically mention that the house in Philadelphia used by President George Washington had quarters for slaves. Instead, the Independence National Historical Park's Internet site refers to a "large servants' hall" that Washington had attached to the back of the house. "No more lying; just tell the truth," said Charles L. Blockson, curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. A Park Service spokesman, Phil Sheridan, said the Web site did not specifically refer to a slaves' quarters because nobody knows whether the slaves had their own quarters or shared space with hired servants.