West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1725 - 1792
— Author of America's First Bill of Rights —
This was George Mason, a man of the first order of wisdom among those who acted on the theatre of the revolution of expansive mind, profound judgment, cogent in argument.... Thomas Jefferson, 1821
Regarding slavery:… That slow poison which is daily contaminating the minds & morals of our people. Every gentlemen here is born a petty tyrant, practiced in acts of despotism & cruelty. We become callous to the dictates of humanity, & all the finer feelings of the soul. Taught to regard a part of our own species in the most abject & contemptible degree before us, we lose that idea of the dignity of man, which the hand of nature had implanted in us for great & useful purposes.... George Mason, July 1773
I recommend it to my sons… never to let the motives of private interest or ambition to induce them to betray nor the terrors of poverty and disgrace or the fear of danger or of death deter them from asserting the liberty of their country, and endeavoring to transmit to their posterity those sacred rights to which themselves were born. George Mason, March 1773
The first Declaration of Rights which truly deserves that name is that of Virginia… and that its author is entitled to the eternal gratitude of mankind. Marquis de Condorcet, Paris 1789
All power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people....
Government is, or ought to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people....
The Freedom of the Press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained by despotick governments.
All men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion.... Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 1776
Erected 2002 by Board of Regents of Gunston Hall Plantation, Mason Neck, Virginia; The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1773.
Location. 38° 52.791′ N, 77° 2.379′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 E Basin Dr SW, 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. Forgotten Founder (a few steps from this marker); River Bottom to Parkland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuban Friendship Urn (about 600 feet away); Yoshino (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Jefferson Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Air Mail (approx. ¼ mile away); The United Nations (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Potomac Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.