First Library of Congress Plaque

Text of the Plaque

 

THE FIRST LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

1802-1804

1810-1814

THIS TABLET MARKS THE ORIGINAL LOCATION OF

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. AT OTHER TIMES BETWEEN

1800 AND 1810 THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

THE SENATE AND THE SUPREME COURT MET IN

THESE QUARTERS.

 

ON AUGUST 24, 1814 THE BRITISH CAPTURED

WASHINGTON AND SET FIRE TO THE CAPITOL. THE

BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY WERE USED TO KINDLE

THE FLAMES THAT DESTROYED THIS SECTION OF

THE BUILDING.

 

 

 

 

 

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