The Frederick Douglass statue dedication ceremony “will bring together people from Washington, DC and around the country,” says Speaker John Boehner in a new video previewing this week’s event.
Speaker Boehner, Congressional leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the Congressional Black Caucus, and advisors from the Frederick Douglass Cedar Hill museum have all worked for months to pull together a crowd befitting Douglass’ life and career as a champion for freedom and civil rights. And the response has been overwhelming.
When the ceremony begins on Wednesday, 6/19, at 11 AM ET in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol, there will be more than 600 guests on hand from the District of Columbia and around the world, including:
- Students and educators from schools and universities in the District of Columbia, and from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. There will also be Frederick Douglass scholarship and oratory award winners;
- The Mayor and City Council of DC, as well as representatives from Douglass’ birth state of Maryland and his longtime home of Rochester, New York;
- Guests representing Douglass’ appointments as a U.S. Marshal, the District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds, and Ambassador to Haiti and the Dominican Republic were invited;
- Guests representing his travels throughout Ireland and Europe, as well as museum directors from around the country, members of boards and associations dedicated to arts and education, our national parks, and of course to continuing the work of Douglass’ legacy; and more.
We’ll also be streaming the entire ceremony live online at speaker.gov/frederickdouglass in the hope that many more will tune in and join us for the celebration.
Click here for more information on Douglass, his statue, and this week’s dedication ceremony.