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A portrait of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who was born in Maryland, is unveiled at the Maryland governor’s residence in Annapolis, Md., on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

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Hundreds gather for a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Nettie Washington Douglass, Frederick Douglass' great great granddaughter, left, speaks at a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Nettie Washington Douglass, Frederick Douglass' great great granddaughter, left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) after speaking at a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joe Biden shares a laugh with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, second from right, during a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Colonial soldiers in red regimental uniform perform at a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and former Washington, D.C. mayors Anthony Williams and Sharon Pratt Kelly chat together before a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Michael E. Crutcher, Sr. of Historical Presentations and an impersonator of Fredrick Douglass stands near a statue of Frederick Douglass before a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Historian David Blight wears a pin depicting Frederick Douglass at a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Visitors take a photographs of a statue of Frederick Douglass before a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitol visitors tour guide Dan Pearson takes a photograph of a statue of Frederick Douglass before a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

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A 7-foot bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass created as a gift to the U.S. Capitol from the District of Columbia is "homeless" because of a technicality: the statues in National Statuary Hall must originate in states.

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A 7-foot bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass created as a gift to the U.S. Capitol from the District of Columbia is "homeless" because of a technicality: the statues in National Statuary Hall must originate in states.