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Thomas Jefferson Monument

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
1. Thomas Jefferson Monument
1910 bronze by Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel (1844–1917) is approx 8¾ feet tall on a 9¾ foot base.
Inscription.
Proclaim Liberty throughtout the land unto the inhabitants thereof —Leviticus XXIV.

This monument to Thomas Jefferson was presented to the people to perpetuate the teachings and examples of the Founders of the Republic.

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Religious Freedom of 1776. —God, Jehovah, Brahma, Atman, Ra, Allah, Zeus.
 
Erected 1910.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location. 38° 2.16′ N, 78° 30.201′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on University Avenue (Virginia Route 250) east of McCormick Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. It is in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. University of Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Martin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Monroe’s First Farm (about 400 feet away); Edgar Allan Poe
Thomas Jefferson Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
2. Thomas Jefferson Monument
Thomas Jefferson is standing atop the Liberty Bell (before it cracked) holding the Declaration of Independence. Surrounding the bell are figures representing Liberty, in front; Justice, in back; Human Freedom, on the right; and Religious Freedom, on the left.
(about 600 feet away); William Holding Echols (about 600 feet away); Kappa Sigma Fraternity (about 700 feet away); The University “Corner” (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Underfoot (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Regarding Thomas Jefferson Monument. This monument is a replica of a monument that was dedicated in 1901 in Louisville, Kentucky, on 5th and Jefferson Streets at the courthouse. While this monument’s base is blank, that monument has these Thomas Jefferson quotes inscribed on the base:

“Almighty God has created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens are a departure from the plan of the Author of our religion. No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religion, worship or ministry, or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matter of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
3. Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
Principal author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States (1801–1809), one of the most influential Founding Fathers.
all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state of persuasion, religious or practical.”

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form or tyranny of the mind of man.”
 
Also see . . .
1. University of Virginia's Thomas Jefferson collections. A guide to the University of Virginia's collections related to Thomas Jefferson, with additional links to texts and information resources about Jefferson. (Submitted on July 4, 2008.) 

2. Republicanism in the United States. Wikipedia article on values espoused by Thomas Jefferson. “It is not the same as democracy, for republicanism asserts that people have inalienable rights that cannot be voted away by a majority of voters. In a government made up as a Constitutional Republic, the Rule of Law and clearly defined constitutional principles dictate the actual administration of government.” (Submitted on July 4, 2008.) 

3. Jefferson Memorial History and Fun Facts. On November 15th, 1939, the cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial was laid. (Submitted on December 21, 2010, by Julia Hutchins of Scott City, Kansas.) 
 
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Thomas Jefferson Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
4. Thomas Jefferson Monument
Thomas Jefferson Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
5. Thomas Jefferson Monument
Thomas Jefferson Monument at the Rotunda of the University of Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
6. Thomas Jefferson Monument at the Rotunda of the University of Virginia
 
 
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