Michelle Obama says she hopes abolitionist Sojourner Truth would be proud to see a descendent of slaves as America's first black first lady.
Mrs. Obama made the comment Tuesday as she helped unveil a bust of Truth, the first black woman to be honored with a statue at the Capitol.
"I am proud to be able to stand here on this day," the first lady told the audience of mostly women.
Truth is a former slave who met with Abraham Lincoln and was an early crusader for women's right to vote and an end to slavery.
Mrs. Obama said her two young daughters will now be able to "see the face of a woman who looks like them" when they visit the nation's Capitol.
The sculpture will remain on permanent display in the Capitol Visitor Center.
A black woman in the capitol