VIDEO: Bell on Enslaved Labor Used to Build the Capitol | C-SPAN


Chained Slaves in Front of the U.S. Capital Building, Washington, D.C., 1814, Jesse Torrey, A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States (Philadelphia, 1817), between pp. 36 and 37. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia) as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.

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“Congress and Slavery in the District of Columbia, Part 3 During the luncheon session Felicia Bell spoke on the topic “’The negroes alone work:’ An Overview of the History of the Enslaved and Free Black Labor Used to Construct the U.S. Capitol, 1790-1800.” She showed slides, especially of documents, during her presentation and then responded to questions from members of the audience.


“The U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2007 Spring Conference “Congress and Slavery in the District of Columbia” is the fourth in the series, “The National Capitol in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.”

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