Men Built the Capitol. I’ve even
written Blogs about the book. But
I would like to specifically point
out the Black man who finished the
White House dome.
Philip Reed, A Black man
is responsible for the White House
Dome. He supervised the casting of
the statue. Reed supervised the
remaining part of the casting of
the statue in 5 sections, and
each weighed over a ton.
The tons of Freedom were
relocated by wagons from Bladensburg,
Maryland to Washington. Reid and
other slaves put the Statue of
Freedom together on the Capitol
grounds in 1863.
THe Statue of freedom was
put at the top of the Capitol
Dome with celebration and a 35-Gun
Philip was one of the last 100s
of slaves that built the capitol
building between 1790 and 1863.
People enslaved worked in Virginia
Quarries digging and transporting the
stone that was the beautiful building
They performed the backbreaking
work it took to put the cut stones on
the wall of the Capitol building. They
dug trenches and ditches, hauled lumber
and performed other tasks that
required both great strength and stamina.
Half of the workforce at the
capitol building was slaves. Shortly
after he completed this mission,
the District of Columbia issued the
Emancipation Proclamation which put
an end to slavery in the capital City
so PHilip REid, was NO LONGER a slave.
Glad, I found this article. It’s
a great tribute to my people. So
when people look at the Capitol Dome,
and other things as well they have
a image of what Black people made
that still lives on.
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