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Scene Through the Lens | December 13, 2021

Inquirer staff photographer Tom Gralish’s weekly visual exploration of our region

December 13, 2021: The President's House memorial in Independence National Historical Park tells the story of the paradox of liberty and enslavement that existed in the same house. George Washington and John Adams both conducted their presidencies and lived there, and Washington's household included at least nine enslaved African descendants. Their names are inscribed on a wall: Austin, Paris, Hercules, Christopher Sheels, Richmond, Giles, Ona Judge, Moll, and Joe. (Adams never held enslaved people).
December 13, 2021: The President's House memorial in Independence National Historical Park tells the story of the paradox of liberty and enslavement that existed in the same house. George Washington and John Adams both conducted their presidencies and lived there, and Washington's household included at least nine enslaved African descendants. Their names are inscribed on a wall: Austin, Paris, Hercules, Christopher Sheels, Richmond, Giles, Ona Judge, Moll, and Joe. (Adams never held enslaved people).Read moreTOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

Since 1998, a black-and-white photo has appeared every Monday in staff photographer Tom Gralish’s “Scene Through the Lens” photo column in The Inquirer’s local news section. Here are the most recent, in color:

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