George Mason Memorial in Washington, DC

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    George Mason Statue: One of America's Founding Fathers

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    The George Mason Memorial honors the contributions of one of the lesser-known founding fathers of the United States of America. George Mason (1725-1792) was born in Fairfax County, Virginia and led Virginia patriots during the American Revolution. His concept of inalienable rights influenced Thomas Jefferson’s writing of the Declaration of Independence. As a member of the Constitutional Convention, Mason advocated for a strong local government and a weak central government. This led to the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The site was initially a public garden and was dedicated as a memorial to George Mason in 2002. It is a beautiful setting and one well worth a visit.

    The George Mason Memorial is located near the National Mall at 900 Ohio Drive, in East Potomac Park, SW, Washington, DC near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC. See a Map

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    George Mason Memorial: Full View

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    The George Mason Memorial features a larger than life-sized bronze statue of Mason sitting in a landscaped grove of trees and flower beds set among concentric circles around a pool and fountain. It is a beautiful setting and is one of the lesser known monuments in Washington, DC.

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    George Mason Statue

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    The George Mason Memorial features a 72-foot stone wall with a larger than life-sized bronze statue of Mason sitting in a landscaped grove of trees and flower beds set among concentric circles around a pool and fountain. The statue was sculpted by Wendy M. Ross and the landscape architect was Faye B. Harwell. The Memorial was dedicated in 2002.

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    George Mason Memorial Pool and Fountain

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    George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which inspired Thomas Jefferson while drafting the Declaration of Independence. Mason persuaded our forefathers to include individual rights as a part of the Bill of Rights. The public may visit the George Mason Memorial 24 hours a day.

    The George Mason Memorial is one of the lesser known memorials in Washington, DC. It is located near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the FDR Memorial close to the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

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