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May 21, 2013

Frederick Douglass statue to be unveiled at Capitol

Congressional leaders will dedicate a statue of civil rights leader Frederick Douglass June 19 at the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.

Here's some of the announcement:

"Pursuant to H.R. 6336, the United States Congress is proud to accept a statue of Frederick Douglass as a gift from the District of Columbia and its more than 600,000 residents. Douglass, widely considered to be the father of the civil rights movement, led the fight for equality, advised President Abraham Lincoln, and was a powerful voice for freedom in America.

"Additional details regarding the dedication of the statue will be announced closer to the date of the ceremony."



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