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The National Mall in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Paul Jones Memorial

 
 
John Paul Jones Memorial, image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
1. John Paul Jones Memorial,
North Face.
Inscription.  
[North Face inscriptions - above and beneath Captain Jones' statue:]

John Paul Jones
1747-1792
First to compel foreign man-of-war to strike colors to the Stars and Stripes.

[South Face inscriptions - above and beneath a bas relief rendering of Captain Jones raising the United States colors for the first time aboard an American man-o-war:]

"Surrender?
I have not yet begun to fight!"

In life he honored the flag.
In death the flag shall honor him.
 
Erected 1912 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the DC, American Revolution Statuary series list.
 
Location. 38° 53.294′ N, 77° 2.369′ W. Marker is in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in The National Mall. Marker is at the intersection of 17th
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Street Southwest and Independence Avenue Southwest, on the left when traveling south on 17th Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington: The Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington: The City (about 300 feet away); Washington: The Man (about 300 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away); Lighting the Way (about 700 feet away); A Symbol of International Friendship (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Washington.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Paul Jones biography. (Submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. John Paul Jones Memorial. (Submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John Paul Jones Memorial. Nov. 2 2012 C-Span, Historian Richard Norton Smith described the 10-foot tall statue of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones. Sculpted by Charles H. Niehaus, and dedicated in 1912, the memorial was the first to be erected in Washington, DC’s Potomac Park. (Submitted on January 1, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords.
John Paul Jones Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
2. John Paul Jones Memorial
South Face.
Continental Navy; U.S. Navy; Battle of Flamborough Head.
 
John Paul Jones Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
3. John Paul Jones Memorial
John Paul Jones Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
4. John Paul Jones Memorial Marker
north face inscription.
John Paul Jones Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
5. John Paul Jones Memorial Marker
south face bas-relief and inscription.
John Paul Jones image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
6. John Paul Jones
sculpted by Charles Henry Niehaus.
Surrender?<br>I have not yet begun to fight! image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
7. Surrender?
I have not yet begun to fight!
In Life He Honored the Flag<br>In Death the Flag Shall Honor Him image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
8. In Life He Honored the Flag
In Death the Flag Shall Honor Him
Bas-Relief of John Paul Jones Raising the American Flag by Charles H. Niehaus.
John Paul Jones image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
9. John Paul Jones
"American Naval Commanders" of the Revolutionary War Era image. Click for full size.
Naval Historical Center
10. "American Naval Commanders" of the Revolutionary War Era
Engraving by J. Rodgers, published during the 19th Century by Virtue, Emmins & Co., New York. It contains portraits of Esek Hopkins, Silas Talbot, John Paul Jones, Richard Dale and John Barry, all of whom were prominent officers of the Continental Navy and the early United States Navy.
Engraving from Painting by Richard Paton image. Click for full size.
Engraving from painting by Richard Paton, circa 1779
11. Engraving from Painting by Richard Paton
Engraving is titled in French, “Memorable battle between Captain Pearson commanding the Serapis and Commander John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard and his squadron.” From the collection of the U.S.National Archives and Records Administration, NAI 532895, via Wikipedia Commons.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,637 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was the Marker of the Week September 23, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on January 1, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on June 1, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   11. submitted on September 22, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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