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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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  • The George Mason Memorial is located in the East Potomac Park near the Jefferson Memorial and very easy to miss. It is understated in comparison to all the other memorials in Washington. Very much lik...  read more »
  • This is a small memorial to open with a fountain and a statue of Mason in a nice area surrounded by greenery. Mason was not President. But it's part of American history, because it was one of those responsible for the Bill of rights. You'll pass it shortly after the Jefferson memorial, the memorials of Rosevelt and Luther King.
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  • We were in the winter, with the worst snowstorm in years, but it was not impediment to travel. This memorial in particular looked spectacular with snow, access was difficult, but we managed it.
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  • 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.
  • Nice place. Smaller than The other monuments but I recommend to be there. A mandatory stop before the big monuments after the parking lot near the river.
  • George Mason is sadly the forgotten Founding Father of the US. The memorial is very peaceful as many pass right by it.
  • Really nice memorial to George Mason! Beautiful area, nice statue!
  • When George Washington calls George Mason 'the wisest man of our generation' I take notice. When Thomas Jefferson calls George Mason a mentor. I wonder why I have not noticed this superhero of the creation of the United States before. I admit my history may not be at a scholarly level, however this man is really important. His contributions helped form this country. The memorial is small and diminutive by comparison to Jefferson's huge prominent monument. The George Mason Memorial is tiny compared to the Washington Monument that is an always visible part of the DC skyline. Interesting, so very interesting. This man will be a part of my historical research as I gain a few more insights into the creation of this nation.
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