The White House: Black Slaves Helped Build the Obamas’ New Digs

When the Obama's make 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue their new address in January, they will make history as the first Black first family living in the White House - a home enslaved African Americans helped build, CNN reports. The White House and Black slaves have a long history as shackled men worked seven days a week in the south's hot summers as carpenters, masons and construction workers for many government buildings including the president's home and the U.S. Congress. Enslaved Blacks continued to have a presence in the White House as twelve presidents owned slaves and eight of them owned slaves while in office.

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