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The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution to move a statue of Frederick Douglass to the Capitol building, the Associated Press reports.

Each of the 50 states has two statues in the U.S. Capitol. But D.C. is not a state and doesn't get equal representation in Congress, so until now, its statues have resided at Judiciary Square in Northwest D.C.

The District's statues are of architect Pierre L'Enfant and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Advocates for the District have long pushed for the statues to be moved to the Capitol. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District as a non-voting member of Congress, has tried for years to get the Douglass statue moved into the halls of Congress — to no avail

But her luck changed this year when she co-sponsored a House bill to move the Douglass statue into the Capitol.

The House The Senate approved its version Thursday after the House bill was approved earlier this week. It's now heading to President Barack Obama for his signature.  Douglass will become the third African-American depicted in a statue there out of 180 statues in the Capitol.

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