House Approves Marker On Role Of Slaves in Capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The House is officially acknowledging the use of African-American slaves in the construction of the U.S. Capitol.

It's ordering officials to place a marker inside the new Capitol Visitor Center using some of the original stone excavated by those slaves for the historic building.

The vote was 399-1, with Iowa Republican Steve King the lone dissenter. The Senate is considering a similar measure.

Historians have found that slaves worked 12-hour days, six days a week on the construction of the Capitol. The federal government rented the slaves from local slave owners at a rate of $5 per person per month. The slaves were not paid.

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