- George Mason Memorial
name = George Mason Memorial
iucn_category = V
locator_x = 240
locator_y = 76
Washington, D.C., USA
lat_degrees = 38
lat_minutes = 52
lat_seconds = 46
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 77
long_minutes = 2
long_seconds = 21
long_direction = W
August 10, 1990
National Park ServiceThe George Mason Memorial is a memorial to George Masonin East Potomac Parkin Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States.
It commemorates the contributions of George Mason, and important American Founder who wrote the
Virginia Declaration of Rightsand served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphiabut is often thought of as the "forgotten Founder."
Mason, an Anti-Federalist did not sign the
United States Constitutionbecause 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.
The memorial was authorized by
Public Law101-358 on August 10, 1990, to be developed by the board of regentsof Gunston Hall.
The site, close to the
Jefferson Memorialwas selected. The design features a convert|72|ft|m|sing=on long stone wall with a one-third larger than life-sized statueof a sitting Mason, his legs crossed, and a circular pool. The architectwas Faye B. Harwell and the sculptorwas Wendy M. Ross. The groundbreakingwas October 18, 2000; the memorial was dedicated on April 9, 2002.
The George Mason Memorial is administered as part of the
National Park Serviceas part of National Mall and Memorial Parks.
* [http://www.nps.gov/gemm/ Official NPS website]
* Mason Spirit Article, Winter 2001 (GMU Alumni magazine): [http://www.gmu.edu/alumni/spirit/01winter/gmstatue.html George Mason Memorial Garden to Be Built near the National Mall]
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