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U.S. ‘honor roll’ of historic places often ignores slavery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The National Register of Historic Places is the government's official honor roll for more than 95,000 sites that are important to the story of the United States.

Yet it's also just another place where the U.S. largely skirts the evil of slavery on antebellum plantations.

An Associated Press review found that register entries often ignore the topic of slavery or mention it only in passing.

That includes the description of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

Some entries are being updated to include the stories of slaves.

But some experts say the problem is rooted in a lack of concern for the stories of black people.

Stay with WVVA for updates.

Bailey Pace

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