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Public Domain Picture: US Capitol Police Force ca. 1870

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US Capitol Police Force ca. 1870
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US Capitol Police Force ca. 1870
The US Capitol Police was founded May 2, 1828. They continue the mission today to protect and support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities. Following the Civil War the Capitol Police force had grown to three six-man watches. Among the new recruits were African-Americans, who now protected the building that their enslaved forefathers had helped build. Frederick Douglass, Jr. was one of the first African-Americans to join the Capitol Police. This official Architect of the Capitol photograph is being made available for educational, scholarly, news or personal purposes (not advertising or any other commercial use). When any of these images is used the photographic credit line should read “Architect of the Capitol.” These images may not be used in any way that would imply endorsement by the Architect of the Capitol or the United States Congress of a product, service or point of view. For more information visit
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