June 19, 2013
A statue of abolitionist, author, and statesman Frederick Douglass was unveiled and dedicated in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The ceremony included invocations, color guard, and the U.S. Army Chorus. One of the speakers was his great-great-granddaughter, Nettie Washington Douglass.
The statue is the only one allotted to the District of Columbia. In remarks, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said D.C. residents deserved full statehood. Frederick Douglass lived in Washington, D.C., for 23 years and was an advocate for D.C. congressional voting rights and self-governance.