George Mason Memorial


George Mason Memorial

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name = George Mason Memorial
iucn_category = V



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location = Washington, D.C., USA
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lat_minutes = 52
lat_seconds = 46
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 77
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established = August 10, 1990
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governing_body = National Park Service
The George Mason Memorial is a memorial to George Mason in East Potomac Park in 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 Rights and served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia but is often thought of as the "forgotten Founder."

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.

The memorial was authorized by Public Law 101-358 on August 10, 1990, to be developed by the board of regents of Gunston Hall.

The site, close to the Jefferson Memorial was selected. The design features a convert|72|ft|m|sing=on long stone wall with a one-third larger than life-sized statue of a sitting Mason, his legs crossed, and a circular pool. The architect was Faye B. Harwell and the sculptor was Wendy M. Ross. The groundbreaking was October 18, 2000; the memorial was dedicated on April 9, 2002.

The George Mason Memorial is administered as part of the National Park Service as part of National Mall and Memorial Parks.

External links

* [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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