Lafayette Square, Washington DC

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Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located within President's Park, Washington, D.C. directly north of the White House on H Street, bounded by Jackson Place on the west, Madison Place on the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue. It is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution, and includes a prominent statue of early 19th century President and general Andrew Jackson on horseback. The square and the surrounding structures were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1970.
Planned as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the Executive Mansion, this square was originally called "President's Park", which is now the name of the larger National Park Service unit which includes the White House Lawn. In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through that park, separating what would become Lafayette Square from the White House grounds. In 1824, the park was officially renamed in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French military leader whose involvement was crucial in securing victory in the American Revolutionary War.
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  • On the way from where the bus to the White House left us we passed through this park. It attracts attention to some sculpture and little else. It's not one of those must-haves to visit in the city.
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  • Beautiful square with manicured gardens : a tribute to General Lafayette who did so much to help the American rebels and who became "a son" for General Washington: one of the keys to the Bastille is located in his home in Virginia
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  • It is beautiful and has many people milling about enjoying the park. The St. Louise Cathedral is wonderful! However, we didn't appreciate all the voodoo vendors there selling dolls to put a hex on Trump!
  • Lights For Liberty rally for immigrant rights. Very well attended with inspiring speakers and songs. The names of all of the children who have died on the border over the last year were read off with how they died. Very moving.
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