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Congress honors Frederick Douglass, 19th century orator, statesman and abolitionist


To honor Frederick Douglass, President Obama recently signed into law a bill allowing the District of Columbia its first statue in the United States Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. The hall itself was named in 2007 in honor of the slaves who helped build the Capitol.

The fight to end slavery in America could not have found a more eloquent and vocal ally than Frederick Douglass, orator, statesman and abolitionist. In 1852, the leading citizens of Rochester, New York, where Douglass lived and published the abolitionist paper, The North Star, asked him to give a speech as part of their 4th of July celebrations. Douglass delivered a scathing attack on the institution of American slavery. Read more