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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.