Historical Association Initiative Examines White House's Legacy of Slavery
It aims to detail this evil practice in the presidential residence
As part of its Black History Month commemoration, the association that tracks and manages the history of the White House is taking a long, hard look at a painful piece of the building’s—and the nation’s—legacy.
The White House Historical Association (WHHA) this week announced a new research initiative titled Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood. Through a detailed timeline and other resources, the project chronicles the stories of enslaved people who built and worked at the executive mansion and nearby properties during the 18th and 19th centuries.
“By connecting these details from diverse sources, the White House Historical Association seeks to return these individuals to the historical forefront,” WHHA says.
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