President's House Site Opening in Philadelphia

Published December 15, 2010

PHILADELPHIA – A new exhibition on Philadelphia's Independence Mall focuses on the juxtaposition of the fledgling nation's struggle for freedom while accepting slavery.

After years of debate the President's House installation will open Wednesday. The structure sits on the footprint of the executive mansion for Presidents George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia was the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.

The installation includes information on slaves Washington kept at the home during his presidency. The monument is adjacent to the Liberty Bell pavilion and just down Independence Mall, where the founding fathers declared "all men are created equal."

The $12 million project was delayed for multiple revisions as officials and scholars discussed how to proceed.

Written by Associated Press

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