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Open to Public but must RSVP: Norton to Speak at Congressional Ceremony Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Frederick Douglass (Wed., February 14, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in Emancipation Hall)

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Michael E. Crutcher, Sr. of Historical Presentations and an impersonator of Fredrick Douglass at unveiling of Douglass Statue at Emancipation Hall. 

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.

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Norton’s Long-Fought Effort to Bring D.C.’s Frederick Douglass Statue to the Capitol Ends in Victory

Before the Frederick Douglass statue at One Judiciary Square moves to the US Capitol he takes time to read a new book about his life and times in Anacostia. Photo_ John MullerFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       

May 21, 2013

Norton’s Long-Fought Effort to Bring D.C.’s Frederick Douglass Statue to the Capitol Ends in Victory

WASHINGTON, DC – The House today passed a resolution (S.Con.Res.16) authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall next month,Wednesday, June 19, 2013, to unveil the District of Columbia’s Frederick Douglass statue.  The resolution, which passed the Senate last week, was approved in the House by a voice vote and does not need to be signed into law to take effect, marking the final step in the long-fought effort of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to allow the District, like the states, to have its own statue in the Capitol.  During House consideration of the resolution today, Norton spoke and thanked the Republican leadership and Representative Candice Miller (R-MI), chair of the Committee on House Administration, for her help in bringing the resolution to the floor and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) for his longstanding commitment to placing a D.C. statue in the Capitol.

“Today, after years of work, our city receives closure that residents will be represented in the Capitol with a statue, like each of the 50 states,” said Norton.  “Next month, on June 19, we will celebrate this long-sought symbol of our American citizenship.  There is no better figure to represent our city than Frederick Douglass, who made the city his home and was deeply involved in D.C. government and in the civic affairs of the city.  Douglass is not only one of the great international icons of human rights, he is remembered in the District also for his outspoken dedication to democratic self-government and congressional representation for the city.”

Norton found a number of allies in the House and Senate to help the District get its own statue in the Capitol.  Last Congress, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee, sponsored a stand-alone bill authorizing the move of the Douglass statue to the Capitol.  The House companion to Schumer’s bill, sponsored by former Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA), then-chairman of the Committee on House Administration, and co-sponsored by Norton, was signed into law by President Obama on September 20, 2012.  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), then-chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, earlier had included a provision in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill, approved by the full committee, authorizing the move of the Douglass statue, but the bill was not considered on the Senate floor.

The Douglass statue will be only the fourth statue or bust in the Capitol that honors an African American.

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Senate Passes Resolution for Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiling in Emancipation Hall on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Before the Frederick Douglass statue at One Judiciary Square moves to the US Capitol he takes time to read a new book about his life and times in Anacostia. Photo_ John Muller

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) thanked her colleagues in the Senate for passing a resolution yesterday authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, to unveil the District of Columbia’s Frederick Douglass statue, marking the first time that the District, like the states, will have its own statue in the Capitol.  The resolution is expected on the House floor soon but does not need to be signed into law in order to take effect.  The Congresswoman particularly expressed her gratitude to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, for sponsoring the bill and to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), who jumpstarted the effort to move the statue into the Capitol as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which has jurisdiction over D.C., when the subcommittee’s s fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill, approved by the full committee but not considered on the Senate floor, included a provision authorizing the move of the statue into Capitol.  Schumer then sponsored a stand-alone bill authorizing the move and the House companion to Schumer’s bill, sponsored by former Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), then-chairman of the Committee on House Administration, and co-sponsored by Norton, was signed into law by President Obama on September 20, 2012.

“Our country has always recognized our residents as American citizens when the country goes to war and in the obligation to pay federal income taxes,” Norton said.  “Because D.C. residents have met every obligation of citizenship, they have tried for years to be represented in the Capitol with a statue, donated by them, like each of the 50 states.  Today, with vital assistance from Senators Schumer and Durbin, the District is close to realizing this long sought symbol of their American citizenship.  Frederick Douglass is one of the great international icons of human rights, but D.C. residents chose his statue to represent our city in the Capitol because of the boundless energy he dedicated to the right of D.C. residents to democratic self-government and congressional representation.  Our residents, who have no elected senators of their own, are deeply indebted to Senators Schumer and Durbin for their generous efforts.”

The Douglass statue will be only the fourth statue or bust in the Capitol that honors an African American.

 

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112th Congress, 2d Session, H.R. 6336, “To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass…

H.R. 6336 Introduced to the 112th Congress, 2d Session on August 2, 2012.

To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and to provide for the permanent display of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Read the entire BILL HERE 

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