Douglass Statue to be Unveiled in Capitol in June

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass will be unveiled inside the U.S. Capitol next month.

The House approved a resolution Tuesday that authorized the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue next month.

All 50 states have two statues of notable figures in the Capitol, but the district has none. President Barack Obama approved a bill last year authorizing the move of the Douglass statue. It had been housed in a district government building.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the district in Congress, had pushed for the statue to be moved. The statue will become the fourth in the Capitol to depict an African-American.

The Douglass statue will be housed in Emancipation Hall alongside 18 other statues.

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