More than two years ago, work began to completely restore the greatest symbol of democracy in the world—the U.S. Capitol dome. Now, after having thousands of cast-iron cracks fixed, receiving a shiny new coat of paint, and being hidden beneath 52 miles of scaffold pipe, the Dome is almost ready to be freed.
In the 36-second video above, Speaker Ryan and Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol, take an up-close look at the dome project, which is set to be completed on time and under budget.
It took centuries of cruelty and injustice. But today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitutionâ€” the moment when our country decided: Yes, all of us should be free.