- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would move the District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the U.S. Capitol.

The House approved the bill by a voice vote Monday, and a companion resolution is pending in the Senate.

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.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district in Congress, co-sponsored the bill. She says moving the Douglass statue to the Capitol would “help correct the imbalance of influential African-Americans” honored in the Capitol. Douglass would be the third African-American with a statue there.