The White House Historical Association Launches a Research Initiative


(Washington, D.C.) The private non-profit organization, The White House Historical Association, was founded in the year 1961.  First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is credited with being, the founder.  To this day; the mission is to protect, preserve and provide public access to the rich history of the U.S.A.’s White House.  Additionally,  First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy also envisioned a restored, White House.  The restoration was meant to convey a sense of history, through, the White House’s decorative and fine arts.  The day to day tasks include assisting in the preservation of the state rooms, the preservation of the public rooms, funding acquisitions for the White House permanent collection and educating the public on the history of the White House.  Recently, The White House Historical Association announced that, it also attempts research initiatives.  Specifically, the aforementioned organization revealed that, it has launched a research initiative.  Additionally, this research initiative is meant to coincide with, Black History Month.  The announced research initiative is officially named, Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood.
            Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood was officially launched on February 3rd, 2020; as part of the U.S.A.’s Black History Month.  However and returning to, Black History Month, the aforementioned is an annual observance.  In the United States of America, Black History Month is observed during the month of February.  Additionally, the United States of America is credited with being the creator.  However, other countries have adopted Black History Month.  The countries of Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom/Britain and Germany have also started to observe Black History Month.  In Canada; the observance is official, and, it occurs during the month of February.  In Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom/Britain and Germany the observance is unofficial.  Additionally, it occurs during the month of October.
            Returning to, Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood, the aforementioned research initiative focuses on the following research topic.  The research topic is slaves who helped built, who lived and who worked at the U.S.A.’s White House.  Aside from the research focus, this initiative will be carried out through new and ongoing research efforts.  The latter currently includes an index of enslaved individuals, virtual mapping of D.C.’s Decatur House Slave Quarters, Lafayette Park and the enslaved households that belonged to U.S. Presidents.  At the end; it is hoped that, this research initiative will produce a narrative, and subsequent, timeline.  The narrative is of the Black slaves who built, lived and worked at the White House.  The timeline is of the Black slaves who lived in the Potomac Valley, long before a Washington D.C. was envisioned.  Finally, an exploration of slavery in the U.S.A. as an institution, is also, intended as an end result.  The end result of Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood, being more exact about the previously said.   
            To end, The White House Historical Association did release a press statement.  Stewart McLaurin is the President of the White House Historical Association.  Through a press statement, Mr. McLaurin said the following.  “There are few written accounts of the enslaved and free African Americans who built, lived and worked at the White House and with this initiative, we’re focused on identifying those individuals and returning them to the historical forefront by telling their stories.”  Stewart McLaurin also said.  “We also wanted to create a space where this information could be continuously compiled and shared with the public to further the understanding of life at the White House during this time period.”  As previously stated, The White House Historical Association recently announced that, it also attempts research initiatives.  Specifically, the aforementioned organization revealed that, it has launched a research initiative.  Additionally, this research initiative is meant to coincide with, Black History Month.  The announced research initiative is officially named, Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood.  Lastly, the aforementioned research initiative was officially launched on February 3rd, 2020; as part of the U.S.A.’s Black History Month.

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02/07/2020

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