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Rocky Road: 10 Things To Know About George Washington & Slavery [PHOTOS]


The celebration of President’s Day brings to mind much more than the birthday of George Washington. When we think of history lessons involving Washington,  wooden teeth, wigs, and the Revolutionary War, come to mind; more interesting however was his relationship with slavery

Washington was born in Virginia on February 22, 1732, and supported abolition despite being a slave owner. During the Revolutionary War, Washington held rank as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. He became president in 1789 until 1797. Throughout this time, he not only owned  hundreds of slaves, but put paperwork in place to make sure they would remain in the family circle even after his passing.

Quite ironic is the fact that while Washington was fighting for America’s independence, hundreds of thousands of slaves in this country weren’t even considered full human beings.

Washington’s complicated relationship with slavery is one that reveals a lot of interesting facts.

Hit the gallery below for 10 examples.

Photos: Gilbert Stuart Painting, Wikipedia Commons

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  • Crowe

    Slavery ended 150 YEARS ago – 150 YEARS – YEARS —-and have now been on the Demo crap welfare Plantation for 60 years………….now the Demo craps OWN you.

    • Shaunie

      The physicality or the tangible slavery machine was outlawed but slavery and its lasting effects still haunt the world the psyche of the offspring. Welfare isn’t slavery but the love of superficiality through money and power leaves many in the constant throws of another’s mercies :slavery!

    • Richard Hawthorne

      Slavery ended where? You are obviously not educated even if you can read and write. Your comments show you to be obtuse and fearful. But it ok research which country holds the most people under indentured servitude and you will find is America. So stop being a jackass in public forums. Hold all that hate you spew for your fellow countrymen you asshat!

  • Nehes Ba’a Rayay

    somebody, anybody go to Black’s Law and read on the ‘Dred Scott Case’ and what the powers really thought about Negroids. the whites Ancestors stole from the aborigines here and kidnapped, abused and tortured Africans here. YOU ARE THE GLITCH IN,’Natural Nature!!!