The iconic red sandstone used to build the Smithsonian Castle, one of Washington’s most recognizable buildings, was quarried by slaves, including some who were once most likely owned by Martha Washington, according to new historical research to be published Thursday.
The discovery by anthropology professor Mark Auslander adds to what has been a years-long reckoning with slavery’s role in Washington landmarks, including the Capitol and the White House, and adds nuance to the historical portrait of the Smithsonian Castle, which was built between 1847 and 1855.
Read the entire story at The Washington Post.
Hanna Person, who graduated this month from Central Washington University with a degree in anthropoCWU Museum Exhibit How Did The Cougar Cross The Road? Opens April 17
April 8, 2014 ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and EnvironmCWU Museum Hosts Salmon Run And Earth Day Family Festival
The Museum of Culture and Environment will be holding its second annual Salmon 5K/10K Run and Earth