H.Con.Res.368 - Establishing a special task force to recommend an appropriate recognition for the slave laborers who worked on the construction of the United States Capitol.106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Watts, J. C., Jr. [R-OK-4] (Introduced 06/29/2000)|
|Committees:||House - House Administration | Senate - Rules and Administration|
|Latest Action:||09/13/2000 Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.|
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Text: H.Con.Res.368 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 368 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 2d Session H. CON. RES. 368 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 13, 2000 Received and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Establishing a special task force to recommend an appropriate recognition for the slave laborers who worked on the construction of the United States Capitol. Whereas the United States Capitol stands as a symbol of democracy, equality, and freedom to the entire world; Whereas the year 2000 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of this historic structure for the first session of Congress to be held in the new Capital City; Whereas slavery was not prohibited throughout the United States until the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution in 1865; Whereas previous to that date, African American slave labor was both legal and common in the District of Columbia and the adjoining States of Maryland and Virginia; Whereas public records attest to the fact that African American slave labor was used in the construction of the United States Capitol; Whereas public records further attest to the fact that the five-dollar-per-month payment for that African American slave labor was made directly to slave owners and not to the laborer; and Whereas African Americans made significant contributions and fought bravely for freedom during the American Revolutionary War: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-- (1) the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall establish a special task force to study the history and contributions of these slave laborers in the construction of the United States Capitol; and (2) such special task force shall recommend to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate an appropriate recognition for these slave laborers which could be displayed in a prominent location in the United States Capitol. Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2000. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.