- Douglass worked with both Republicans and Democrats on behalf of black voting rights
- He saw a kinship in Haiti's history as a former slave colony and that of blacks in America
- He was an outspoken supporter of the women's suffrage movement
- His statue is the first to represent Washingon D.C.
Washington (CNN)When a 7-foot bronze statue of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass is unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the event will honor a figure whose political legacy looms large but whose personal life is lesser known.