The White House, The Capitol and other historic US buildings were built, in part, using slave labor. Using Liberal Logic… They MUST be torn down now!
Michelle Obama’s DNC speech was a reminder that slave labor helped build the White House. It helped build these other famous structures, too.
1 U.S. Capitol Building
In 2012, Congress unveiled an historic marker that commemorated the slave labor that went into the construction of the capitol. The area where the legislative center of the U.S. sits was previously known as Jenkins Hill, a heavily forested area that required extensive landscaping, as well as trench digging for the foundation, from slaves, all before George Washington laid the cornerstone in 1793. According to Fred Beuttler, a Historian for the House of Representatives, one of the building’s most iconic symbols, the brass Statue of Freedom, was in part, fashioned through the efforts of a Philip Reid, a former slave. In 1863, after the Emancipation Proclamation had been delivered, Reid helped work with the plaster model delivered by sculptor Thomas Crawford, and forged Crawford’s model. In addition, according to Beuttler, some of the sandstone in the old east front of the building contains the names of slave laborers who had cut the stone.