Like most D.C. residents, I welcomed the arrival of the Frederick Douglass statue at the Capitol [“Douglass statue arrives at Capitol, his cause in tow,” news, June 20]. Maybe now Congress will focus its attention on the glaring absence of the District from the Library of Congress.
As a former docent at the library, I was always proud to show our visitors this treasure chest of American culture, history and art. The Main Reading Room, in particular, is the library jewel box where icons of world and U.S. history are tastefully arranged.
With the exception of the most recent additions, Hawaii and Alaska, the seals of the states of the union, including the former territories, are displayed in massive semicircular stained-glass windows above the Main Reading Room. But the District is not there.
Primary responsibility for the library rests on the Joint Committee on the Library. This committee, created on Jan. 26, 1802, is the oldest continuing joint committee of Congress. Is it time now for the committee to recognize that the District (as well as the two missing states) also deserves to be displayed in the library?
Luis Landau, Washington