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Source: Press Release
Date: March 12, 2007
Byline: INHP

Advance Preparations for Archeological Dig at President's House Site to Begin; Formal Announcement to Follow

The City of Philadelphia and INHP previously announced an archeological "dig" to be conducted at the site of the "President's House" on the doorstep of the Liberty Bell Center. The official kick-off of the dig will occur during the week of March 19th, and a separate press advisory will be issued once the exact date is determined.

In advance of the kick-off, preliminary preparations of the area will begin tomorrow. Members of the archeological team will be on site on Tuesday, March 13, through Friday, March 16, to prepare the area and erect a construction fence and viewing platform.

From 1790 to 1800, when Philadelphia was the new nation's capital city, Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived and worked in the President's House, a mansion immediately adjacent to the present location of the Liberty Bell Center. At least nine enslaved Africans kept by George Washington also lived in the President's House, which was torn down long ago.

The purpose of the dig is to determine whether any artifacts or information relating to the President's House era may still be in the ground that will add to our understanding of those who lived in the President's house.

A permanent outdoor installation commemorating the President's House and the long-obscured story of the enslaved Africans who lived and worked there will be completed in 2008.


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