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Public Meeting, November 17, 2005

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The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Community College of Philadelphia, Bonnell Large Auditorium

This project will culminate in a new installation on the doorstep of the Liberty Bell Center commemorating the house where Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived, and the long-obscured story of the enslaved Africans who lived and worked there during Washington’s presidency.

The purpose of this event is to offer a progress report on this important commemoration, which has received financial commitments from Mayor John F. Street ($1.5 million in City funds) and Congressmen Chaka Fattah and Robert A. Brady ($3.6 million federal grant). Public input over the course of the last two years has been an important element in shaping the project to date. In a continuing effort to keep the public informed and to provide an opportunity for public comment, this forum is the first in a series to be conducted throughout the project, as we target a July 4, 2007 opening date.

With significant input from an Oversight Committee established by Mayor Street and INHP, the City recently issued a Request for Qualifications nationwide seeking teams interested in designing the new memorial. To read the RFQ, please visit www.phila.gov/presidentshouse. In the future, the website will be used to foster further dialog as we provide continuous updates and you can submit your thoughts and suggestions on the project.

Sincerely,

Joyce S. Wilkerson

cc:Dennis R. Reidenbach, Acting Superintendent,
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