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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.