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The Slave Quarters Frequently Asked Questions

Also see: Slavery in the President's House | The Slave Quarters | Slave Quarters Photo Album

Several urban legends have surfaced regarding the President's House and the nine enslaved Africans who worked in George Washington's presidential household. This page attempts to separate the truth from the fiction. Please read other sections of this website for greater details on all of these issues.


Where and What are the Slave Quarters?


Weren't the "slave quarters" within the house itself, as reported in the newspapers?


Why was no archeology done at the Liberty Bell Center?


Was archeology done on the site of the Slave Quarters?


Did the Park Service's original proposed design for the President's House include the Slave Quarters?


Are there enslaved Africans buried at the President's House?


Why are the Slave Quarters important?


Did the Myrtilla, a ship known to have transported slaves, bring the Liberty Bell to America?

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