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Source: Press Release
Date: March 15, 2007
Byline: Press Release

Official Ground Breaking

AN INVITATION

Mayor John F. Street and Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Dennis Reidenbach invite you to attend

The Beginning of the Archeological Dig for The President's House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.

On the Threshold of the Liberty Bell Center Sixth & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Join us at the official ground-breaking as we begin an exciting phase of the President's House project — an archeological dig to find out whether any artifacts relating to the President's House era may still be in the ground.

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 adjacent to the present location of the Liberty Bell Center. At least nine enslaved Africans kept by George Washington also lived there. Most of the President's House was demolished in the 1830s, but there is still hope that buried on the site are materials that can add to our understanding of the lives of all those who lived there.

The world-class team assembled by the URS Group to conduct the dig includes Dr. Warren Perry, Director for Archeology for the African Burial Ground in New York; Douglas Mooney, who directed the recent archeological digs at the National Constitution Center and James Oronoco Dexter Sites; and Dr. Cheryl LaRoche, a conservator who worked on both the African Burial Ground and National Constitution Center projects.

The team headed by Kelly/Maiello Architects and Planners has been selected to design and build the President's House commemorative project.

 

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