Statue of Frederick Douglass to Be Moved to the U.S. Capitol

4798 Abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass is preparing for a new home in the nation's Capitol.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton hopes Frederick Douglass, and D.C., will be added to the National Statuary Hall. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Or rather, the bronze statue honoring Douglass, one of D.C.'s most revered residents.

The statue, which currently stands in One Judiciary Square, will be moving to the U.S. Capitol Building, although its exact placement, as well as its move-in date, has yet to be determined.

A spokesperson for D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said the congresswoman hopes the statue will be placed in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall.

The National Statuary Hall, which houses a collection of notable historical figures from each of the 50 states, first began inviting states to display their most prominent citizens in statue form in 1864.

For some, including Norton, the inclusion of D.C. inside the Capitol -- and, more symbolically, potentially the National Statuary Hall -- is a significant step toward achieving statehood in a region known for "taxation without representation."

Calling Douglass "the great Washingtonian and supporter of D.C. Rights," Norton told D.C.'s ABC7 that the statue's move "will help us spread the word that we do not have our full rights as a city, just as he lived his life doing that."

Norton has also asked leaders in the Senate to dedicate the piece in February in honor of Black History Month.


Source: Black Voices | Chelsea Kiene
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