Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tomáš G. Masaryk Memorial
“He had the mind of a scholar, the figure of a sportsman, the bearing of an aristocrat, the position of a king. But he had the heart of a democrat. ...”
Dorothy Thompson, NBC broadcast, September 24, 1957.
This memorial honors Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), founder and first president of the Republic of Czechoslovakia. Although born to a family of humble origins, he achieved considerable renown as a scholar and university professor and entered politics. During World War I, he founded the Czechoslovak National Council in Paris to advocate for independence from Austria-Hungary. In support of the Allied cause, he organized the Czechoslovak Legion, an army of volunteers that fought in Russia, Italy and France.
In 1918 Masaryk won the support of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson for independence. With the fall of Austria-Hungary, he became President of Czechoslovakia. He thrice was reelected, holding the office until 1935. Supported by his American- born wife, Charlotte Garrigue, and inspired by U.S. Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and ideals of free elections, the rule of law, the separation of powers, universal suffrage, and the fundamental liberties of speech, assembly, and religion.
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Professor, creator of democracy and
champion of liberty
President of Czechoslovakia
1918 - 1935
[Inscriptions, base of statue, west face]
Seven decades ago, an unprecedented partnership began between two presidents; the philosopher, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk; and the idealistic scholar, Woodrow Wilson. It was a partnership as well among Czechs and Slovaks to join together in federation. And, yes, it was a long, hard road from their work on your Declaration of Independence to this magnificent celebration today. I am proud to walk these last steps with you as one shared journey ends and another begins.”
Commemoration of the end of Communist rule,
President George H.W. Bush
Wenceslas Square, Prague
November 17, 1990
[Inscriptions, base of statue, east face]
“We accept the American principles as laid down by President Wilson: the principles of liberated mankind, of actual equality of nations, and of government deriving all their just power from the consent of the governed.”
Declaration of Czechoslovakia
T. G. Masaryk
October 26, 1918
[Inscriptions, base of statue, south face]
September 19, 2002
Erected 2002 by the Czech Republic and American friends.
Location. 38° 54.667′ N, 77° 2.909′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest and 22nd Street, Northwest on Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. Click for map. The memorial is in an island formed at the intersection of Massachusetts and Florida Avenues, Q and 22nd Streets, Northwest. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (within shouting distance of this marker); The Society of the Cincinnati (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cosmos Club (about 300 feet away); Taras Shevchenko Memorial (about 400 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (about 400 feet away); Eleftherios Venizelos (about 500 feet away); The Gilded Age (about 600 feet away); Philip H. Sheridan (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
More about this marker. The picture in the upper right of the marker is captioned: "Tomáš Masaryk reads the declaration of Czechoslovak independence on October 26, 1918, at Independence Square in Philadelphia."
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for Tomáš G. Masaryk.
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Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Persons • Politics • War, World I •
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