House to Vote on Unveiling Frederick Douglass Statue

Frederick DouglassWASHINGTON – Congress is set to take the final step toward moving the District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the U.S. Capitol.

The House votes Tuesday on a resolution that would authorize the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue in June.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the district in Congress, has pushed for the Douglass statue to be included among statues of notable figures from each of the 50 states. President Barack Obama signed a bill last year authorizing the move.

All states have two statues in the Capitol. The bill gave the district one.

Douglass would become the third African-American honored with a statue in the Capitol.

Norton plans to speak in favor of the resolution Tuesday on the House floor.