Dharma Douglass Skinner, 8, and sister, Zoe Douglass Skinner, 5 — Frederick Douglass’ great-great-great-great-granddaughters — attended the statue dedication ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center.
Guests representing the travails and legacy of Douglass’ life attended the event, as well as schoolchildren from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Northwest D.C., members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Nettle Washington Douglass, a descendant of both Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass.
Even a contingent from the U.S. Marshals Service came to honor their predecessor, who was appointed to the service in 1877.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.