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Source: Press Release
Date: January 20, 2009
Byline: Rosalyn McPherson

Press Conference

The President's House — Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation

Contact: Rosalyn McPherson (856) 261-4023
Jane Cowley 215-597-0060 (INHP)
Lindsay Tucker (215) 564-6151


DATE: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Independence Ballroom, Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

WHO: Governor Edward G. Rendell, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia
Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent, Independence National Historical Park


The short program will announce funding for the construction of the President's House Commemorative Site at 6th and Market Streets.


The President's House — Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation is an important historic project that is designed to commemorate the house where Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived from 1790 to 1800, and tell the long-obscured story of at least nine enslaved Africans who toiled there during Washington's presidency.

In February 2007, the team headed by Kelly/Maiello Architects and Planners was selected to design a new permanent outdoor installation on the doorstep of the Liberty Bell Center. As a result of structural findings uncovered during an archeological dig at the site from March — July 2007, the design team enhanced the plan by incorporating these findings into the design. The new structure commemorating the President's House will allow for 24-hour access to the site. State-of-the-art studio and interactive visual technology will tell a series of compelling stories of life in the President's House. There will also be a place of solemn reflection in the area that is thought to be where enslaved persons slept, right at the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center. These interpretive features are intertwined with the "bricks and mortar" construction of the commemoration.

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