As the press and public gathered today at the opening of the President’s House, there were many who felt the structure would better reflect the nation’s history if more attention was paid to George Washington’s support of slavery. Peter Crimmins was at the opening, where Mayor Nutter and attorney Michael Coard spoke of the house’s symbolism.
The struggle over how to best balance the historical significance of the first president’s house with Washington’s ownership of slavery was addressed, but did not take precedence.
Attorney and activist Michael Coard said: “Did I get what I want? Generally, yes. It’s a start. I didn’t get everything I wanted, because if I did it would be called the Nat Turner Revolutionary Center. But that’s not going to happen.”
Nat Turner was the leader of an 18th century slave rebellion in Virginia.
Peter will have the full report later on 91 FM.