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061311-frederick_douglas-crop_606The District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass will be unveiled inside the U.S. Capitol next month.

The House approved a resolution Tuesday that authorized the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue next month on Juneteenth.

All 50 states have two statues of notable figures in the Capitol, but the district has none. President Barack Obama approved a bill last year authorizing the move of the Douglass statue. It had been housed in a district government building.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the district in Congress, had pushed for the statue to be moved. The statue will become the fourth in the Capitol to depict an African-American.

The Douglass statue will be housed in Emancipation Hall alongside 18 other statues.

“I welcome the announcement that the District of Columbia’s statue of Frederick Douglass will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center next month. This statue, which will be the third statue or bust of an African American on display in the U.S. Capitol, will represent more than 600,000 District of Columbia residents and serve as tribute to a great Marylander and civil rights leader,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

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    *like real tears rolling down my face*

    Hallelujah and Glory! My mother attended a high school named Fredrick Douglas and man….an all black school with golf, tennis, furniture making, 5 languages, 6 debate teams, drill teams, 3 marching bands, Chemistry Club!!!!!!!

    I only wish I could be that strong in the face of something I can’t even imagine.