Frederick Douglass officially takes his place among the Capitol’s most honored this morning, as the Washington community gathers at 11 a.m. in Emancipation Hall to unveil the District of Columbia’s statue of the abolitionist. The ceremony takes place on Juneteenth, the day marking when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 and informed African Americans there that the Civil War had ended and they were free of the bonds of slavery.
It is among the oldest celebrations of the end of slavery in the United States and is a fitting tribute to Douglass’ anti-slavery efforts.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick