Fredrick Douglass Statue Erected on Capitol Hill

Frederick Douglass was a runaway slave who went on to be the first African American nominated for Vice-President of the United States

Fredrick Douglass, the black American statesman who was born a slave in 1818 in Talbot County, Md. and advised President Abraham Lincoln, has been honored with a statue on Capitol Hill

Vice President Biden, along with Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, were present at the unveiling ceremony. They were joined by Nettie Washington Douglass, Frederick Douglass’ great great granddaughter and her son Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

The 7-foot bronze statue of Douglass stands in Emancipation Hall alongside statues of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sojourner Truth.

 

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