Frederick Douglass Statue Dedication
He was born a slave in 1818. 77-years later Frederick Douglass died a statesman. Now a statue of Mr. Douglass stands in the U.S. Capitol.
Speaker of the House John Boehner led a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders in the statue dedication on June 19, 2013. He called Frederick Douglass an example for humanity who is unmatched (click here to listen to Speaker Boehner’s remarks).
Frederick Douglass had little formal education and taught himself to read and write. He was beaten for trying to help other slaves read. He unsuccessfully tried to escape slavery in 1826 but was finally able to do so two years later.
Mr. Douglass soon became a powerful voice for freedom and equality and became a friend and advisor to President Abraham Lincoln. Fittingly, his statue is in Emancipation Hall only a few feet away from a memorial to the many slave laborers who helped build the U.S. Capitol. The statue is a gift to the U.S. Capitol from the District of Columbia.