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Senate approves moving Douglass statue to Capitol

Thursday - 9/13/2012, 3:45pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved a resolution to move the District of Columbia's statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the United States Capitol.

The Senate took action Wednesday, two days after the House approved a similar bill. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Each of the 50 states has two statues in the Capitol, but the district's statues of Douglass and architect Pierre L'Enfant are placed at One Judiciary Square. Advocates for the district have long pushed for the statues to be moved to the Capitol. Douglass would also become the third African-American depicted in a statue there.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district in Congress, co- sponsored the House bill.

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