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Source: WHYY
Date: December 13, 2010
Byline: Radio Times - Marty Moss-Coane

Philadelphia's President's House and Slave Memorial

A building that stood about a block north of Independence Hall on 6th and Market streets was the residence of Presidents George Washington and John Adams. Americans knew the founding fathers lived in Philadelphia. What they didn’t know was they kept slaves. When this infamous piece of history was revealed in 2002, it sparked years of national and local debate about how to express, in museum form, both the President’s House and a slave memorial. The actual house was torn down in 1832 and the grand opening of the new exhibit is December 15th . Our guest, independent documentary filmmaker, LOUIS MASSIAH, co-designed a site-specific video installation focusing on nine of the slaves. We’ll discuss Massiah’s work and the influence of local esquire MICHAEL COARD, a founding member of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, who fought to commemorate the enslaved servants. And St. Joseph University historian, RANDALL MILLER, joins us to put this into the American historical perspective.

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