FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2013
CONTACT: Michael Steel, Brendan Buck, Kevin Smith
House and Senate Leaders Announce Dedication of Frederick Douglass Statue
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Frederick Douglass at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 19 in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center.
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.