WASHINGTON — African-American slaves sweated in the summer heat and shivered in the winter's cold while helping to build the U.S. Capitol.

Congress took note of their service and sacrifice Wednesday by erecting commemorative plaques inside the Capitol in their honor. Lawmakers said the memorials will ensure that the contributions of slaves in building one of the world's most recognizable buildings are never again forgotten.


More life-sized signs of major events from the Civil Rights Movement recently hit the street in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The new signs will be the latest additions to the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. “Taking History to the Streets” is the major theme of the City’s three-year public project. It puts tourists on the streets and at locations across the city where major events in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement actually occurred.

The trail began with the pilot program that centered on Downtown Birmingham’s




While investigating African-American burial places in and around Paris for an article that she was writing last summer, travel writer Monique Y. Wells discovered something disturbing – one of America’s finest 20th century painters had been laid to rest in an unmarked grave. It was then that she began a mission to honor Beauford Delaney, a figurative and abstract expressionist painter from Knoxville, Tennessee who moved to Paris in 1953.

Wells, who is also the co-founder of Discover Paris!, a company that specializes in personal itineraries for travelers, said that she knew Delaney was buried somewhere around Paris, but was not sure exactly where. She contacted the cemetery to inquire about the grave site of Delaney who died in 1979, and was assured that Delaney’s remains were safe in the ground.



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