Remembering the Enslaved People who Built the Capitol

On February 28, 2012, the Congress dedicated a marker in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to commemorate the role of enslaved labor in building the “Temple of Democracy.” The marker, a block of original Aquia Creek sandstone from the Capitol’s East Portico, was authorized by a Concurrent Resolution of Congress and represents an important step in how the story of the Capitol Building is told. Join us on Thursday, February 24 at Noon EST as former Senator Blanche Lincoln discusses the legislative process needed to create this memorial, and historian (and USCHS alumna) Dr. Felicia Bell discusses the role it plays in shaping public memory.

Like all USCHS programs, this webinar is free and open to the public.