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.