Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
June 19, 2013
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Frederick Douglass statue dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol:

“Today, I was proud to witness Congress install a permanent tribute to a great American and great son of Maryland, Frederick Douglass.  The statue dedicated in his honor – like Douglass, tall, poised, and carrying the moral weight of a survivor-turned-crusader for freedom and justice – will not only stand as a memorial to his courage and the unwavering strength of his character.  It will also serve as a reminder of the important contributions made to our nation by the people of the District of Columbia.  Today’s ceremony is an important step toward achieving the recognition that District of Columbia residents are due and the voice in Congress they deserve.  I thank Congresswoman Norton for her efforts that made this recognition possible.

“Frederick Douglass once declared that ‘Whatever the future may have in store for us, one thing is certain — this new revolution in human thought will never go backward. When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world.’  When Members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, and visitors from across our land pass by his statue, may they be inspired by his words, his life, and work – as we work together to continue moving our country ever forward toward greater equality and justice for all.”