Celebrating Freedom: Salute to Frederick Douglass
Washingtonians brace themselves for the flood of tourists who come to soak in the monuments, museums and memorials that attract millions of visitors to the nation’s capital every year. This summer is no exception.
In spite of humidity that puts even the hardiest tourist to the test, families come to show the next generation where the people’s business has taken place since 1791. That’s when President George Washington selected what is now the District of Columbia to serve as the nation’s capital.
America has expanded its borders, population and demographics since Jenkins’ Hill was chosen as the site for the national legislature on the east end of the National Mall. From here, Congress for more than 200 years has debated the laws governing our nation. In addition to the U.S. Capitol building, visitors to Capitol Hill today will find the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and congressional office buildings.
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