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Martin Luther King, Jr. Bust
The bust of Martin Luther King, Jr has been on display in the Capitol Rotunda...

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Capitol Visitor Center
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Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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East Front Plaza Repairs
AOC is making repairs to expansion joints on the East Front Plaza of the...

Library of Congress

The law creating the Library of Congress, approved on April 24, 1800, called for its books to be housed in "a suitable apartment" in the Capitol. The copyright law of 1870 brought two copies of all copyright items to the Library. It immediately became apparent that the Library would soon run out of space. The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building opened in in 1897 after the decision to relocate the Library of Congress into a separate facility was reached after years of discussion.

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