D.C. gets OK for June unveiling of U.S. Capitol statue

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The House has approved a measure that will allow Emancipation Hall to host the June unveiling of the first District-selected statue inside the U.S. Capitol.

"Today, after years of work, our city receives closure that residents will be represented in the Capitol with a statue, like each of the 50 states," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's nonvoting member of the House, said in a statement. "Next month, on June 19, we will celebrate this long-sought symbol of our American citizenship."

The Senate has already backed the legislation, which does not require President Obama's signature. Every state has two statues in the Capitol, and the Hill spent years balking at pleas from District leaders for equal treatment.

But Congress agreed last year to give the District's statue of Frederick Douglass, a famed abolitionist, a place in the Capitol. The statue had been displayed since 2008 inside a city-owned building at Judiciary Square.

But the Douglass statue's ascension does not mean the District will enjoy the same benefits as the 50 states.

A second D.C.-commissioned statue, a rendering of Pierre L'Enfant, has not received clearance from Congress for a place on Capitol Hill and will remain at Judiciary Square.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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