Tag: George Washington

Arlington House

Former Virginia Mansion of Robert E. Lee Reopens With a Focus on the Enslaved Lives Who Once Lived There

When the historic Washington D.C. landmark Arlington House closed in 2018 for refurbishment, no one could have guessed it would be three full years before it welcomed its next group of visitors. When the National Park Service finally reopened those doors to the public on Tuesday, June 8, it wasn’t…

Archived: Scholastic Shelves ‘Smiling Slaves’ Picture Book

By Sheryl Estrada An illustration from “A Birthday Cake for George Washington.” Scholastic Publishing is stopping the distribution of a controversial children’s book about George Washington’s enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter, Delia, after being highly criticized for illustrating slavery as joyful. “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” released on…