Photo by Jay Westcott for Washingtonian.
In the photograph above, he points out two of his great-uncles in a 1912 Lewis Hines photo in the basement of the Capitol. Viqueira writes that the presence of his relatives everyday at work gives him “a sense of perspective, of reassurance.”
So I have on my side generations of family to welcome and guide me, to calm me down or tip me off each day as I cover the Hill. Everywhere I turn, thereâ€™s another reminder of my heritage, another sepia-toned image to conjure. Walking daily through the Capitolâ€™s rotunda, I imagine my grandfather playing as a boy in the dome, clambering up and down the steps that wind between the inner and outer shells, one of a gaggle of children running around the building on a whim. A visit across the street to the Library of Congress is reason to pause and listen for the echoes of my grandmother singing her Neapolitan favorites as she works on a cleaning crew.
Read Viqueira’s piece in the June issue or on Washingtonian‘s site here.