On December 15th a new historical site The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation will be opened with a ceremony in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park.
Philadelphians and city visitors will receive an opportunity to see the story of the inhabitants of the first executive mansion: Presidents George Washington and John Adams and nine enslaved Africans held by President Washington. The $12 million site shows the lives of the enslaved and the free black population to which they aspired. The President’s House symbolizes the historical effort of America to overcome that shameful age of slavery and to become a nation of freedom and democracy.
The funds for the site construction came from public and private sources.
The mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, the former mayor John Street and other high guests will present at the opening ceremony of the new historical symbol in Philadelphia.