1790 Painting by Edward Savage of George Washington and His Family

In this 1790 painting of George Washington and his family by Edward Savage, Martha Washington is pointing to map of the planned new capitol for the nation to be named the District of Columbia – or Washington, D.C. Standing behind Martha Washington is Billy Lee, the long-time personal valet to George Washington. He was the one slave of Washington’s to be immediately freed upon his death because of his service as Washington’s personal valet throughout the American Revolutionary War.

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~ by americanpresidents on July 20, 2009.

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