George Mason Memorial, Washington DC

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The George Mason Memorial is a national memorial to Founding Father George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that inspired the United States Bill of Rights. The Memorial is located in West Potomac Park within Washington, D.C. at 24 E Basin Drive SW, which is a part of the Tidal Basin. Authorized in 1990, with a groundbreaking in 2000 and dedication in 2002, the memorial includes a sculpture of Mason, a pool, trellis, circular hedges, and numerous inscriptions. This is the first memorial to be dedicated not to a former president in the Tidal Basin, and the current last memorial built on the National Mall.
The memorial commemorates the contributions of Mason, a Founding Father who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and created much of the language, inspiration, and groundwork for what became the United States Bill of Rights. Mason, an Anti-Federalist, did not sign the United States Constitution because it did not abolish the slave trade and because he did not think it had necessary protection for the individual from the federal government. He was sometimes known as the "reluctant statesman", which was also the title of a biography written about him by Robert A. Rutland.
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  • George Mason, as the info board outside the memorial states, is a “Forgotten Founder”, and certainly among the most underrated of the Founders. His laying out of individual rights and push to have the...  more »
  • Well let's be honest, the George Mason Memorial isn't exactly washington's best-known or most interesting memorial. Far from it! But if you have 15 minutes to make a detour, it's a quiet corner, with a beautiful statue, and the opportunity to learn a little more about one of the less famous founding fathers of the USA
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  • The Memorial is a little known one, not crowded at all, about one of the founding fathers. Overshadowed by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial it is a nice spot to come, rest, and learn history. If you are going to walk about the Tidal Basin you may as well visit this memorial.
  • Not crowded at all. A great place to relax for a little while and read up on one of our forgotten founding fathers. I would recommend stopping by if walking around the Tidal Basin.
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