Douglass Statue to be Unveiled in Capitol in June

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Workers set up folding chairs in preparation for the US Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 8, 2013. US President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term during the public Inauguration event attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators on January 21, 2013. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers set up folding chairs in preparation for the US Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 8, 2013. US President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term during the public Inauguration event attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators on January 21, 2013. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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