Philip Reid, a slave at a bronze foundry, supervised
the casting of "Freedom," the statue atop the Capitol.
This replica sits in the Russell Senate Office Building.
By Heather Wines, Garnett
Rep. J.C. Watts was a leader in the efforts to
commemorate the work of slaves who helped
build the U.S. Capitol.
This image from 1863 shows work on the statue
above the Capitol dome in Washington.
by Traci Watson
January 19, 2009