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Frederick Douglass statue unveiled in Capitol

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It took a while to get Congress to accept what D.C. considers its representative statue – of Frederick Douglass – but it happened today in Emancipation Hall.

This is an undated photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Top Federal and D.C. leaders were there, and noting that Douglass was the first black U.S. Marshal, folks like former police chief Isaac Fulwood came to witness the unveiling with his grandsons.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a guy like Frederick Douglass,” Fulwood said. "He fought for freedom and he lived in Southeast Washington," added Fulwood's grandson.

Congressman Trent Franks called Douglass a profound hero and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the occasion to call for D.C. statehood.

“Lawmakers should not only honor his legacy with a work of bronze, but also with an act of Congress," said Reid.

It was a ceremony of music and of pride, especially for the great-great-grandson of Douglass, Kevin Douglass-Greene: "My heart just swelled up with pride and joy."

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