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Archaeology Closing Ceremony at the President's House: July 31, 2007

On July 31, 2007, a closing ceremony was conducted marking the end of the archaeology at the President's House. Over the next several weeks the ruins will be protected temporarily with a special fabric and with backfill awaiting decisions on how to incorporate the archaeological findings in the commemoration.

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Jed Levin (NPS Archaeologist)

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Cheryl J. LaRoche (URS Cultural Heritage Specialist)

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Joyce Wilkerson (Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia)

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Michael Coard, Esq. (Founding Member, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition)

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Roz McPherson (Owner's Representative)

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African prayer and the pouring of water and sand from the Nile

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Karen Warrington (Director of Communications for Representative Robert A. Brady)

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From left, Archaeologists Cheryl LaRoche, Lovely Elysee, Jed Levin

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Plaques with the names of the 9 enslaved Africans who worked at the President's House placed within the kitchen walls

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Inquirer reporter Stephan Salisbury talking with project director Emanuel Kelly

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Cheryl LaRoche posing with Steve Tull (URS Project Supervisor) and firefighters

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A view from the south of the dig

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