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Block of Aquia Creek sandstone removed from the East Front of US Capitol

1824-1826

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C., United States

A rectangular block of sandstone. One short side of the block has a smooth, finished surface. The other five sides are rough-hewn and pitted, showing evidence of quarry tool markings, softened by weathering. One of the long sides has mechanical tool markings across the surface, forming a cross-hatch pattern. The block predominantly is beige, with reddish-brown veins of color running lengthwise. The smooth side shows most clearly the variegation of reddish-brown strata. There is a loss at the lower-left corner of the smooth side.

Details

  • Title: Block of Aquia Creek sandstone removed from the East Front of US Capitol
  • Date Created: 1824-1826
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall with Weight: 15 3/4 × 21 1/4 × 14 1/2 in., 318 lb. (40 × 54 × 36.8 cm, 144.2 kg)
  • Subject Keywords: Architecture, Government, Labor unions, Politics, Free communities of color, History, Slave hire system
  • Medium: sandstone

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