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Douglass Statue Unveiled

by AFRO Staff

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    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton gives remarks at D.C.'s Frederick Douglass statue unveiling ceremony, along with Vice President Biden, House and Senate leaders, and Nettie Douglass, the great-great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass. The District, for the first time, joins the 50 states with a statue in the Capitol. Photo: Eleanor Holmes Norton (Courtesy Photo/Facebook)

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A 7-foot bronze statue of 19th-century orator and writer Frederick Douglass was officially unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on June 19. The unveiling ceremony was led by House speaker John Boehner.

The Douglass statue, which was created by sculptor Steven Weitzman and commissioned seven years ago, will be only the fourth statue or bust in the Capitol that honors an African American.