Frederick Douglass statue unveiled in nation’s capital

Nettie Washington Douglass, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., John Boehner, Joe Biden
Kenneth B. Morris, Nettie Washington Douglass, John Boehner and VP Joe Biden

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. –Frederick Douglass


Slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass was honored with a 7-foot-tall bronze statue in the Capitol on Juneteenth, June 19, 2013. It’s a celebration of the life of Douglass, who urged President Abraham Lincoln to end slavery and endorse voting rights for black Americans. The founding publisher of the abolitionist newspaper The North Star and an advocate for women’s suffrage penned his memoir titled Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a best seller and an influential abolitionist text.

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