Although there is no evidence that anyone other than white men were hired to build the Capitol dome, the contractors may have used slave labor. Also, a slave named Philip Reid worked on the Statue of Freedom.
May 9, 1861 A plan to expand the Capitol was initiated in 1850. Then-Sen. Jefferson Davis (D-Miss.) coaxed $100,000 through Congress to fund the project. Davis would later become president of the Confederacy. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Buy Photo