President's House Commemorative Site

524 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 GET DIRECTIONS

The President's House Commemorative Site, erected just steps away from the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, serves as a permanent, outdoor installation that honors the memory of the people enslaved here during George Washington's presidential tenure. Our forefathers fought hard to attain freedom for "We the People" but in identifying the people who would enjoy those freedoms, they refused to directly address the question of slavery. And so in one of our nation's great paradoxes, Washington kept nine enslaved Africans in the President's House he lived in from 1790 to 1797. 

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