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D.C. Statue to Finally Appear in U.S. Capitol

The statue of Frederick Douglass will join figures from all 50 states in Statuary Hall.

The statue of Frederick Douglass, which has been relegated to the halls of One Judiciary Square since 2008, will soon takes its place in the United States Capitol building's Statuary Hall.

Each state has two statues of famous citizens on display in the halls of the Capitol building.

For years, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans for the District to also .

Wednesday the House approved a bill by a voice vote to allow Douglass's statue, one of D.C.'s two statues, to be displayed and then Thursday, the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent. The bill will not go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

"Finally, District school children will no longer have to ask where their statue is when visiting the Capitol,” said Evans in a press release.

Both Evans and Norton lauded the support of Senator Schumer and Durbin, and Congressman Lungren in securing passage of the bill.

But Norton promise to keep pushing for the addition of the District's other statue, which features Pierre L'Enfant.

"Not only will the Douglass statue pay tribute to one of the nation’s greatest human rights heroes, it will bring one of D.C.’s two statues into the Capitol.  D.C. residents pay more than their share of federal taxes, and are entitled to have two statues in the Capitol, like every state," said Norton in a press release.

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