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The statue is slightly larger than life and has a relaxed posture and amiable disposition.
George Mason Memorial
Closest available address
701 East Basin Drive SW Washington, DC 20242
Open 24 hours but daylight hours are best times to visit.
30 minutes or less
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
District of Columbia
The George Mason Memorial is a small courtyard area and statue dedicated to George Mason, one of the founding fathers of the United Sates and a leading advocate for individual rights and liberties. The monument is located in the shadow of the Jefferson Memorial and was built in 2002. It was incorporated into an existing fountain and garden.
George Mason lived from 1725-1792. He is best known for government service in the Virginia House of Burgesses, a state legislative assembly. Mason, who was lauded by his contemporaries for wisdom and learning, drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights which served as the model for the US Bill of Rights. He also attended the US Constitutional Convention in 1787 and was actively involved with drafting the US Constitution but chose not to sign it because of its lack of protections for individual rights and because it lacked prohibitions against the importation of slaves. Nevertheless, Mason helped ensure that the Bill of Rights later was passed, thereby enhancing individual liberty and freedom in the US.
This memorial was long delayed for a great American and important contributor to the development of American democracy. His accomplishments were overshadowed by higher profile peers such as Jefferson and Washington and perhaps symbolically their monuments today dominate the public’s interest and attention. The Mason Memorial is quite simple. The primary attraction is a slightly larger than life but rather unremarkable statue of Mason seated beneath a portico-like walkway. As such, a few minutes is enough time to have a look. The Mason Memorial is one of many such tributes in Washington, D.C. Given there are more impressive alternatives and due to a dearth of any pizazz, few people will find a visit here to be worthwhile.
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