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    First Enslaved Africans 400th Anniversary

    The Congressional Black Caucus hosted a ceremony marking the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in British North America. Participants included House Speaker Nancy…

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    Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring 1963 Birmingham Bombing Victims

    House and Senate leaders posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the victims of the 1963 16th St. Baptist Church bombing. On September 15, 1963, shortly after the March on…

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    150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

    President Obama and congressional leaders spoke at a ceremony in Emancipation Hall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished…

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    Funeral Service for Former Senator Edward Brooke

    A funeral service was held in Washington National Cathedral for former Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), the first African American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. He died January 3, 2015, at his…

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    Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

    House and Senate leaders posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights…

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    50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

    Dignitaries spoke at a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Following the invocation and the presentation of the colors, congressional…

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    Frederick Douglass Statue Dedication Ceremony

    A statue of abolitionist, author, and statesman Frederick Douglass was unveiled and dedicated in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The ceremony included invocations,…

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    Rosa Parks Statue Dedication Ceremony

    A statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled and dedicated in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. She was the first African-American woman to have a statue in her honor in the Capitol. President…

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    Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

    House and Senate leaders awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the service of the Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. They…

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    Slave Labor and U.S. Capitol Construction

    Many slaves helped build the U.S. Capitol, including Philip Reid, who supervised the casting of the bronze statue which stands on the Capitol dome. Recently, House and Senate leaders…

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    A Celebration of the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    A ceremony was held honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., the day before the 40th anniversary of his death on April 4, 1968. Following the invocation and the Presentation of the Colors, family members, congressional…

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    Plaque Unveiling for Slave Laborers in Construction of U.S. Capitol

    Members of Congress participated in an unveiling ceremony for plaques to recognize the contributions of enslaved African Americans in the construction of the United States Capitol.

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    March on Washington 40th Anniversary

    A ceremony was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall with speeches by many dignitaries. The event included music and Martin Luther King’s…

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