Petition from Clark Mills, petition number 741
Former slaveholders in Washington, D.C., had to petition to receive financial compensation under the D.C. Emancipation Act. Clark Mills, whose foundry cast the bronze Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome, claimed compensation for several slaves. He requested the most money for Philip Reid, a highly skilled craftsman who was instrumental in casting the statue.
Records of the Department of Treasury, National Archives and Records Administration