West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Mall and Memorial Parks, George Mason Memorial
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"All men are born equally free and independent. And have certain inherent natural rights... among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."
Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 1776
This quote is inscribed next to the statue of George Mason
In front of you a statue of George Mason holds a book by Cicero, a Roman politician and orator. Mason used ideas from Cicero and others to write the Virginia Declaration of Rights in May of 1776, the first document to protect individual rights in the United States. The document served as inspiration for the Declaration of Independence written weeks later. When Mason's ideas for protecting individual rights were unanimously rejected at the 1787 Constitutional Convention he campaigned against the Constitution's passage. However, Mason's ideas lived on. James Madison borrowed heavily from Mason to write the Bill of Rights, securing American individual liberties for over 220 years.
The George Mason Memorial will be closed to the public from September
Funded by the National Park Service Centennial Challenge with a match by the Trust for the National Mall.
Erected 2017 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1776.
Location. 38° 52.797′ N, 77° 2.376′ W. Marker is in West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of East Basin Drive Southwest and Ohio Drive Southwest, on the left when traveling west on East Basin Drive Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington DC 20242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Bottom to Parkland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuban Friendship Urn (about 600 feet away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Jefferson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Air Mail (approx. ¼ mile away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Line of Duty (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Gift of Trees (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Potomac Park.
Related marker.another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 30, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 1, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 10, 11, 12. submitted on June 2, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.