Vice President Biden is scheduled to speak at an invitation-only unveiling ceremony of a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Capitol’s Visitors Center on Wednesday, according to a press release from the office of Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

The event is particularly important to local residents because the city had been barred from having its own statue at the Capitol while the 50 states are each allowed two statues. Norton was instrumental in getting legislation passed that allowed the city to have one statue.

The ceremony onWednesday is open to members of Congress and invited guests only. The Visitors Center will be closed to the public during the event. Norton said in a press release that the public will be invited to a second ceremony although a date has not yet been chosen.