The statue at Emancipation Hall is a plaster model of the Statue of Freedom. The actual Statue of Freedom sits high atop the U.S. Capitol Dome. The plaster cast gives visitors a good idea of what the real thing looks like.
The plaster model of the statue was in storage for 25 years before being reassembled and restored in the basement rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. In January 1993, the model was put to public display at the Russel Building. In 2008, the model was relocated to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where it is now a focal point of Emancipation Hall.