Enslaved Labor and Building the Smithsonian: Reading the Stones
Department or Administrative Unit
Anthropology and Museum Studies
Mark Auslander examines evidence that enslaved persons were involved in the construction of the original Smithsonian Building in Washington, D.C. Many enslaved workers who labored at the Maryland quarry from which all the building's "freestone" or sandstone blocks were obtained had roots in enslaved families held by Martha Custis Washington at Mt. Vernon.
Auslander, M. (2012). Enslaved labor and building the Smithsonian: Reading the stones. Southern Spaces. DOI: 10.18737/M7PG6V