Size: 10′ x 3′ x 3′
This bronze sculpture commemorates Frederick Douglass, the captivating politician and abolitionist who is portrayed as an orator in the middle of giving a speech, and as a writer, with his paper in his hand and his pen at his side.
The sculpture was commissioned by the Washington DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities for placement in the United States’ Capitol Emancipation Hall on June 19, 2013. It took a constitutional amendment, passed by both houses of Congress, signed by President Barack Obama, to allow the District of Columbia to place this statue in the US Capitol. The dedication ceremony was officiated by House Speaker John Boehner and Vice-President Joe Biden. Also in attendance were Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton and Senator Chuck Schumer along with a guest attendance of over 600.
Bronze casting by New Arts Foundry, Baltimore, MD