New Frederick Douglass Statue Comes to DC
This week President Barack Obama brought a little bit of black history to America's capital city. The commander-in-chief signed into law H.R. 6336, which directs the Congressional Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue of Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and erect it in Emancipation Hall in the United States Capitol Visitor Center, according to the White House. From White House Spokesman Kevin Lewis:
"On Thursday, President Obama signed a bill, which directs Congress to accept a statue of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass that will be placed in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Frederick Douglass, once a slave, rose up to become one of our nation's great reformers in his fight for equality and an advisor to President Lincoln. His life is a testament to the American spirit and an inspiration to so many. His statue at the Capitol, representing the District of Columbia, will add to the long legacy of dynamic African Americans who have displayed extraordinary leadership throughout history."