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The names of the nine enslaved individuals held by President George Washington at the first Executive Mansion are etched on the east side of The President’s House. This and other features—illustrated glass panels, timelines, video re-enactments and structural fragments—of the open-air site help people examine the role of slavery in a new and free nation.
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