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Washington Post Investigation Finds 1,700 U.S. Congressmembers Enslaved People

HeadlineJan 11, 2022

An investigation by The Washington Post found more than 1,700 United States congressmembers enslaved people — or were former owners of enslaved people — many of whom served in Washington long after the Civil War ended. The Post researched thousands of historical documents and census records to compile what is the first-ever database listing enslavers who served in Congress.

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