Dec, 16, 2009

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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