On Tuesday, February 3, due to a special event being held in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center, there will be no public tours of the Capitol. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed all day except for individuals on official business and people going to the House and Senate Visitor Galleries.
Since the nation’s founding, anti-slavery advocates—including many free African Americans—worked tirelessly to abolish slavery. When the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law resulted in the kidnapping and enslavement of African Americans in the North, freemen of Philadelphia petitioned Congress in protest. Congress banned the importation of slaves in 1808, but slavery itself did not end until after the Civil War with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865.