Rename the White House to the People's House

Rename the White House to the People's House

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The current name, The White House, is mired in controversy, including a reference to the White House Plantation, along the Pamunkey River in Kent County, Virginia, the home Martha Washington inherited upon the death of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. The home was a slave plantation and continued to use slave labor up until the Civil War. 

When the British forces burned the President's Palace, as the residence in Washington was originally named, white paint was applied to the structure to cover over the burn scars. Later, President Theodore Roosevelt had the term, "White House-Washington" engraved on the stationary. The current letterhead of White House above and Washington D.C. beneath was informally adopted during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's term in office and is still in use today. 

We are gathering this petition to formally name the building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. to "The People's House." We believe that to do so would be to acknowledge the government, of the people, by the people and for the people, instead of the possible reference to a former slave plantation as well as begin the process of amending this horrible stain on our country. 

 

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