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Honoring Slaves Who Built the U.S. Capitol

Honoring Slaves Who Built the U.S. Capitol

Honoring Slaves Who Built the U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Congressional leaders unveiled two plaques honoring African-American slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol. Historians say those slaves worked 12 hours days, six days a week. The Federal government rented those slaves from local slave owners at a rate of $5 per person per month.

Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8:46pm (ET)

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