Slaves are honored for their help with buiding the U.S. Capitol building
Congress has finally honored the slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol Building. A plaque acknowledging the role of slave labor in the construction of the Capitol was dedicated in the Rayburn Room on Wednesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner [[ BAY-nur ]] , Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, and Georgia Congressman John Lewis were among those attending the ceremony.
Congressional researchers say hundreds of slaves were rented from local slave owners for five dollars a month to build the Capitol from 1793 to 1826. The plaque dedication comes two years after the U.S. House passed a non-binding resolution apologizing for slavery.