On Wednesday a statue of legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass was unveiled at the Capitol.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the ceremony, praising Douglass as a courageous visionary who fought relentlessly for equality and justice.
Douglass was born a slave in 1818 in Talbot County, Md. He was a writer who advised President Abraham Lincoln and was a voice for women’s rights as well as those of black Americans. In 1872, Douglass became the first African-American nominated for vice president, and he went on to serve as U.S. consul-general to Haiti. He died in 1895.
The 7-foot bronze likeness of Douglass joins sculpted statues of fellow blacks Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Sojourner Truth in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall.
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