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Pelosi Statement on Announcement of Dedication of Frederick Douglass Statue

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the announcement that a statue of Frederick Douglass will be unveiled at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 19th, in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center.  The statue is a gift from the District of Columbia to represent the more than 600,000 residents of the nation's capital.

“I am pleased that the more than 600,000 American citizens who reside in the District of Columbia will finally have a statue representing them in the U.S. Capitol.  While the District deserves to have two statues in the Capitol, like the states, since its residents pay federal taxes and have fought and died in every American war, a statue depicting Frederick Douglass could not be a more apt representative for the people of D.C.  Douglass fought for District residents to have self-government and Congressional representation, a fight our Caucus carries on today.”