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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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  • Facinating❣My boyfriend and I decided to just up and go on a long weekend. It was wonderful we actually went for memorial weekend they were is a lot to do.  more »
  • The George Mason memorial is really close to the Jefferson Memorial, but it's tucked away just off the major roadway. It's actually worth walking on back there, although when we visited we had the pla...  more »
  • Memorial to a founding father whose contribution to our country like his memorial overlooked. Close to Jefferson Memorial construction around the memorial when we visited. I I hope they upgrade the gr...  more »
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  • George Mason is a favorite of mine, but I was greatly disappointed by the neglect shown to his monument. The fountain was broken, and the pool was empty except for some leaves and trash. The benches were covered in bird droppings, and the shrubs could use a trim. I was saddened to see his memorial treated so poorly.
  • A memorial rarely visited by tourists so it is a quiet, peaceful place to reflect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful memorial and glad I got to stop by