On today's date 125 years ago, Frederick Douglass said:
"When your army was melting away before the fire and pestilence of rebellion, when your star-spangled banner trailed in the dust, or, heavy with blood, drooped at the mast head, you called upon the Negro. Yes, Abraham Lincoln called upon the Negro to reach forth with his iron arm and catch with his steel fingers your faltering flag, and he came, he came full two hundred thousand strong...
"Leave these men no longer compelled to wade to the ballot-box through blood, but extend over them the protecting arm of this government, and make their pathway to the ballot-box as straight and as smooth and as safe as that of any other class of citizens."
Today his statue was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol.