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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.