Congress Honors Slaves Who Built U.S. Capitol

"Today we shed light on a long-hidden truth." So began Congressman John Lewis' remarks on Wednesday afternoon, at the unveiling of two bronze plaques honoring enslaved African-Americans who helped construct the United States Capitol Building. Members of Congress and guests, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, crammed into the Capitol's wood-paneled Rayburn Room to acknowledge the enslaved Blacks who labored, in the late 1700s and early 1800s, on the country's most recognizable symbol of democracy -- but went unrecognized until now...
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