A new resolution called H.R. 6336 has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution will bring the Frederick Douglass historical statue to the U.S. Capitol. The statue has been sitting at One Judiciary Square (a government building) for years. The statue of Frederick Douglass will be the third African-American figure to be housed in Emancipation Hall, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sojourner Truth. Overall, there are 180 statues located at the U.S. Capitol.
The Douglass statue was created by Steven Weitzman of Maryland, and depicts the abolitionist standing next to a lectern while clutching a piece of paper.
Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton co-sponsored the House bill.
The movement of the Douglass bust is also a win for D.C. Each state has two statues in the Capitol and the District has been waiting for their turn. Douglass was a resident of Washington D.C. and served as the city’s first recorder of deeds. The new bill to move his statue into the Capitol has been sent to President Obama for his final signature.
Listen below to the only recording of an 1865 speech by Frederick Douglass. The piece is read by actor Michael Wright and musically scored by Leroy Hyter.