The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which oversees the U.S. Capitol grounds, for introducing a concurrent resolution to place D.C.'s Frederick Douglass statue in the Capitol. Senator Schumer introduced his resolution following the Senate Appropriations Committee's approval of the fiscal year 2013 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also contained a provision allowing D.C. to place its Douglass statue in the Capitol, which has been on display at One Judiciary Square since 2008. D.C. would be responsible for all costs associated with transportation and placement of the statue in the Capitol.
The statue of Douglass, who was also a New Yorker, would be only the third statue of an African-American in the Capitol, out of 120 on display, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sojourner Truth. "I am grateful for Senator Schumer's recognition of Frederick Douglass for the national icon and abolitionist hero that he is," Norton said. "Having a statue to represent the District of Columbia has been my longstanding priority, and to have a statue that celebrates Mr. Douglass's legacy makes Senator Schumer's concurrent resolution all the more significant."