On Wednesday, June 19, a statue of famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was unveiled in the in the United States Capitol Visitor Center at a ceremony hosted by

Speaker of the House John Boenher.  After escaping slavery, Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement and a prolific writer.  District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor

Holmes Norton has been pushing for the statue for years.  All 50 states are represented in the Capitol by a famous person. But not Washington, DC. Douglass will be the fourth

African American to be depicted in the U.S. Capitol complex. The last African American to be unveiled was Rosa Parks (1913-2005).  Her statue is in Statuary hall.  

 

douglassyoung-495x341 A statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) stands in the Capitol rotunda and a statue of abolisionist Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

was unveiled in the  the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in 2012. This statue is the third statueor bust of an African American on display in

the U.S. Capitol, representing the more than 600,000 District of Columbia residents, and serves as a tribute to a great Marylander and

civil rights leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original article - http://politic365.com/2013/05/23/frederick-douglass-statue-to-be-unveiled-in-u-s-capitol-on-juneteenth/

 

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