George Mason Memorial, Washington DC

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The George Mason Memorial is a national memorial to George Mason in East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It, the Jefferson Memorial, and the D.C. War Memorial are the only three National Mall sites where weddings are permitted. The Memorial is one of several outdoor public art installations in Ward 2 of the District. It is near the Potomac River crossing also named for Mason.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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  • This is a small memorial located next to the better known Jefferson and FDR memorials. I would recommend taking the brief walk over in between seeing the other memorials.  more »
  • Stopped at this memorial while walking back from the Jefferson Memorial to my car. There was a sign saying it is currently being renovated but you could still walk around the memorial. It was worth a ...  more »
  • in the shadow of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and nearly asked who since was that everyone I met. I succeeded in the sculpture, the fountain should be renovated before. Time to read more about this man
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  • Very easy to miss/forget with the other giant memorials in the DC area. The is a really well done memorial it is one of my favorites. I will say it does tend to be neglected a bit with broken dirty benches, untrimmed hedges, and a sort of raggity feel. It does not feel up to par with the other national monuments in the area which is why I recommend everyone to go show support for the nice little park. It does have it's upsides if you were one of the people like me who walked everywhere it is a great place to stop and rest and admire the DC area from afar. Before making your way back to the mall area. Overall I would recommend you make your way here but make sure you stop to see the Jefferson on the way.
  • Poor George Mason. So many other big and beautiful memorials in the area and his is small and easy to miss. Not very well maintained as I was tripping over loose stonework.
  • Often forgotten but really well done memorial. Really upsetting to see an empty dirty fountain.
  • Unnoticed and tranquil in its simplicity. Although the George Mason Memorial is only a short walk south west from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, it seems to be easily and often overlooked as its nearly always empty and free of any crowd. The memorial itself is the size of a small plaza with George Mason sitting tranquilly overlooking a nice circular reflecting pool. Its a proper tribute to a man who stood for the individual rights of all people and, unfortunately, is often denied the accreditation of having laid the foundation of our Federal Bill of Rights by his authoring of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Take a seat next to good old Georgie and honor his memory with a selfie for the ages.
  • It's a nice pit stop if you're walking around in DC. Quite a quaint place that remembers a founding father at the same time. Feel free to sit next to George Mason himself if you feel lonely.

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