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Titanic Memorial

 
 
Titanic Memorial Marker - north face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 16, 2010
1. Titanic Memorial Marker - north face
Inscription.
[front (north) face of statue base:]

To the brave men
who perished
in the wreck
of the Titanic
April 15, 1912.
They gave their
lives that women
and children
might be saved.

[reverse (south) face of statue base:]

To the young and the old
the rich and the poor
the ignorant and the learned
all
who gave their lives nobly
to save women and children.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1931
 
Erected 1931 by Authorized by Congress and sponsored by the Women's Titanic Memorial Association.
 
Location. 38° 52.315′ N, 77° 1.159′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from P Street, SW 0.1 miles west of 4th Street, SW. Touch for map. The Memorial is at the south end of the Washington Channel Promenade - at the southwest corner of Southwest Waterfront Park. It is at the end of the P Street extension (pedestrians only), a block west of 4th Street, SW, at the Potomac River. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Reed (about 300 feet away, measured
Titanic Memorial Marker - south face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 16, 2010
2. Titanic Memorial Marker - south face
in a direct line); Military Education at Fort McNair (about 700 feet away); Linking the "Island" to the City (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Walter Reed (about 700 feet away); Harbour Square (about 800 feet away); Wheat Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Also see . . .
1. RMS Titanic Historical Society. (Submitted on June 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. designer of the Memorial. (Submitted on June 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. Titanic Memorial. "...designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who won the commission in open competition, and sculpted by John Horrigan..." (Submitted on June 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Women's Titanic Memorial; John Horrigan, sculptor.
Titanic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2009
3. Titanic Memorial

 
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Titanic Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2009
4. Titanic Memorial Marker
Titanic Memorial - southwest corner image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2009
5. Titanic Memorial - southwest corner
"Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1931."
Self-Sacrifice image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
6. Self-Sacrifice
The allegorical figure on the memorial is said to represent Self-Sacrifice.
Titanic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
7. Titanic Memorial
Designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the figure of 'Self-Sacrifice' was executed by John Horrigan and the exedra by Henry Bacon.
Titanic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
8. Titanic Memorial
The memorial was Authorized by Congress in 1917, sponsored by the Women's Titanic Memorial Association and originally installed in 1930 on Rock Creek Parkway at New Hampshire Avenue. It was dedicated on May 26, 1931. To make way for the Kennedy Center, it was removed to Fort Washington in 1966 and re-installed in its present location in 1968.
Titanic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
9. Titanic Memorial
To the young and the old
the rich and the poor
the ignorant and the learned
all
who gave their lives nobly
to save women and children.
Mrs. H. P. Whitney's "Titanic"<br>between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
10. Mrs. H. P. Whitney's "Titanic"
between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920
A model figure for the Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C. by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Titanic Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 5, 2016
11. Titanic Memorial
The statue, as built, is less emphatically male than Mrs. Whitney's model.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,487 times since then and 219 times this year. Last updated on January 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6, 7, 8. submitted on January 19, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9, 10, 11. submitted on January 24, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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