The slaves working on the building were bricklayers and carpenters. And though their names (and only their first names) appear in the pay records, the money they earned went to their owners. Even the architect of the White House, James Hoban, owned three slaves who were working on the project, and Hoban was paid for their labor. It's to right this wrong and honor the people who help build the most recognizable building on the planet!
Orginally posted on The Politicus