Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
GW's River Horse
— [Lisner Auditorium] —
George and Martha Washington are even said to have watched them cavort in the river shallows from the porch of their beloved Mount Vernon on summer evenings.
Credited with enhancing the fertility of the plantation, the Washingtons believed the hippopotamus brought them good luck and children on the estate often attempted to lure the creatures close enough to the shore to touch a nose for good luck.
So, too, may generations of students of The George Washington University.
Art for wisdom,
Science for joy,
Politics for beauty,
And a Hippo for hope.
A Gift to the George Washington University Class of 2000
August 28, 1996
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
John D. Zeghs – Chair, Board of Trustees
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg – President
Damian A. McKenna – President, Student Association
John G. Boswell – Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
Location. 38° 53.969′ N, 77° 2.807′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 21st Street Northwest and H Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on 21st Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 21st Street Northwest, Washington DC 20052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ingrid Bergman (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); A Bench By The Road (here, next to this marker); George Gamow (within shouting distance of this marker); Professors Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); At GW, Being Bright Comes Naturally (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Teller (within shouting distance of this marker); Announcement of the Atomic Age (within shouting distance of this marker); Free Mandela (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Also see . . . Lisner Auditorium. (Submitted on September 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. sculpture; Potomac River; Lisner
Categories. • Animals • Colonial Era • Paleontology •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,140 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on September 10, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.