The article goes on to explain that "The patriarch of the family, William Anderson Syphax, was a freed slave, born in 1773. His son, Charles Syphax, was a slave at Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. Charles Syphax was among nearly 60 slaves inherited by George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of Martha Washington."
Our board member Craig Syphax, is a direct descendant of the original Syphax family that were slaves belonging to Martha Washington. Read full article here. [Click to access full article]
With the revival of interest in General Lee, Congress designated the mansion as a memorial to Lee in 1955. It was placed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1966. Assist the National Park Service in the preservation and maintenance of Arlington House and its grounds, furthering the goal to restore the site to its pre-American Civil War condition and enrich the visitor experience.
Stimulate interest, understanding, and support for Arlington House as a permanent memorial to Robert E. Lee through immersive and transformative learning opportunities. Amplify the rich and symbolic history of Arlington House to increase public awareness and community engagement.
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