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Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers group tours White House

April 29, 2010|By MADGE MILES, Jonathan Street Correspondent

WASHINGTON - The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers recently visited the White House.

The tour included seeing the Red, Blue and Green rooms, and the East, China and State dining rooms that are used for receptions, ceremonies, press conferences and other events.

The group admired portraits of all the presidents and their families who have graced the White House. The group was in awe of the beautiful, antique furniture that dates to the 1800s.

The White House has been altered, adapted, or enlarged to suit the needs of the residents.

The group enjoyed the tour and would like to go back again. They said it was a particularly extraordinary time for the Black Achievers to be at the White House since history was made with the first election of an African-American president.

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The group got a chance to see the president's helicopter as President Obama left the White House.

After the tour, the group went to the visitors center to look at pictures of when the building of the White House took place.

They also learned more information about the families of the presidents.

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