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Douglass Family Offers 2 Cents on Quarter

The descendants of Frederick Douglass are having their say about the District Quarter contest.

The DC Wire broke the story about the images being considered for the quarter: Douglass, scientist Benjamin Banneker and composer Duke Ellington. Here is the story.

So guess which one the abolitionist's relatives say is the best choice?

"Frederick Douglass led the Abolitionist Movement to end slavery, he was a key figure in the Underground Railroad and he was one of the most important early supporters of the women's suffrage movement. He truly embodies the motto, Justice For All," says Nettie Washington Douglass, great-great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass and great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington.

The descendants issued a statement noting Douglass's presence all over the District, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at Cedar Hill and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, and the Frederick Douglass Museum, his first home in the District.

"Frederick Douglass made history here with his wartime visits to Abraham Lincoln in the White House," Washington Douglass added. "His service as President of the Freedman's Savings Bank, his time as US Marshall of the District and his years as minister-resident and consul-general to the Republic of Haiti all make Frederick Douglass an excellent choice for the quarter."

So there.

By Marcia Davis  |  May 15, 2008; 7:30 AM ET
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