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S.Con.Res. 130 (es) [Engrossed in Senate] ...
Agreed to October 24, 2000
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand
Whereas the United States Capitol stands as a symbol of democracy,
equality, and freedom to the entire world;
Whereas the year 2000 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of
this historic structure for the first session of Congress to be held
in the new Capital City;
Whereas slavery was not prohibited throughout the United States until
the ratification of the 13th amendment to the Constitution in 1865;
Whereas previous to that date, African-American slave labor was both
legal and common in the District of Columbia and the adjoining States
of Maryland and Virginia;
Whereas public records attest to the fact that African-American slave
labor was used in the construction of the United States Capitol;
Whereas public records further attest to the fact that the five-dollar-
per-month payment for that African-American slave labor was made
directly to slave owners and not to the laborer; and
Whereas African-Americans made significant contributions and fought
bravely for freedom during the American Revolutionary War: Now,
therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
(1) the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the
President pro tempore of the Senate shall establish a special task
force to study the history and contributions of these slave
laborers in the construction of the United States Capitol; and
(2) such special task force shall recommend to the Speaker of
the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the
Senate an appropriate recognition for these slave laborers which
could be displayed in a prominent location in the United States
Secretary of the Senate.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
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