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Frederick Douglass statue to be unveiled at Capitol

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Wednesday the District of Colombia will finally see one of its most well-known residents honored in the U.S. Capitol.

A statue of Frederick Douglass, who many believe started the civil rights movement, will be unveiled in Emancipation Hall.

So who's on the guest list for the event? Speaker of the House, John Boehner has control of the guest list. Monday afternoon his office told FOX 5, 600 people would be invited to the event. Most will be District residents and that includes all currently elected leaders and also including all living past mayors.

"The seven-foot bronze statue was sculpted by Steve Weitzman of Maryland and depicts Frederick Douglass in his fifties as an orator and writer. Douglass is mid-speech, leaning on a lectern equipped with inkwell and quill pen, clutching papers in his right hand.

Frederick Douglass will be the fourth African American to be represented in the Capitol’s art collection, joining a statue of Rosa Parks and busts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Sojourner Truth. His statue will be on permanent display for all to see in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitors Center."


The Frederick Douglass statue dedication ceremony “will bring together people from Washington, DC and around the country,” says Speaker John Boehner in a new video previewing this week’s event.

Speaker Boehner, Congressional leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the Congressional Black Caucus, and advisors from the Frederick Douglass Cedar Hill museum have all worked for months to pull together a crowd befitting Douglass’ life and career as a champion for freedom and civil rights. And the response has been overwhelming.

When the ceremony begins on Wednesday, 6/19, at 11 AM ET in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol, there will be more than 600 guests on hand from the District of Columbia and around the world, including: Students and educators from schools and universities in the District of Columbia, and from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

There will also be Frederick Douglass scholarship and oratory award winners; The Mayor and City Council of DC, as well as representatives from Douglass’ birth state of Maryland and his longtime home of Rochester, New York; Guests representing Douglass’ appointments as a U.S. Marshall, the District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds, and Ambassador to Haiti and the Dominican Republic were invited; Guests representing his travels throughout Ireland and Europe, as well as museum directors from around the country, members of boards and associations dedicated to arts and education, our national parks, and of course to continuing the work of Douglass’ legacy; and more.

We’ll also be streaming the entire ceremony live online at in the hope that many more will tune in and join us for the celebration.

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