WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at a congressional ceremony honoring the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center (First St NE). The event is being hosted by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA).
The event is open to the public. Those wishing to attend must RSVP to Joe.Picozzi@mail.house.gov by Tuesday, February 13.
The event will take place near the Frederick Douglass statue, which represents the District of Columbia and was placed in the Capitol by a 2013 Norton bill, making D.C. the only jurisdiction that is not a state with a statue in the Capitol. Douglass’ home in Cedar Hill in Southeast D.C. is a National Historical Site with thousands of visitors every year.
The event will feature the swearing-in ceremony of Norton and other members to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, which was established by a Norton bill. The Commission will plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to honor and celebrate the life of Douglass during 2018.
“I thank Majority Leader McCarthy and Chairman Richmond for leading a fitting celebration for Frederick Douglass in the Capitol near his statue, donated by D.C. residents, who voted for Douglass to represent them in the Capitol because of his strong advocacy for their equal rights,” Norton said.