Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington Monument
(Marker conveys the impact of Virginians on our Country's history through its prominent and allegorical figures. See the "More about this marker" section and the links for more information).
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 37° 32.373′ N, 77° 26.043′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on N. 9th Street near E. Grace Street. Marker is located in Capitol Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inauguration of Davis (here, next to this marker); Harry Flood Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); Zero Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); William Smith (within shouting distance of Edgar Allen Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Edmund Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this monument. The monument consists of a bronze equestrian portrait of George Washington atop an elaborate granite base adorned on the sides with standing bronze figures of six prominent Virginians—Patrick Henry, Andrew Lewis, John Marshall, Thomas Nelson, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason. Seated just below the male figures are six bronze allegorical female figures representing Revolution, Colonial Times, Justice, Finance, Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The monument is installed in the center of the Capital Square traffic circle.
The cornerstone was laid Feb. 22, 1850 and the monument dedicated Feb. 22, 1858. The last figure was installed in 1869.
In 1856, Thomas Crawford completed the equestrian statue of George Washington in Rome and had it cast in Munich; however, he died on Oct. 10, 1857 just before the sculpture arrived in America on Nov. 2, 1857. Before he died, Crawford had also completed models for all of the other bronze figures on the monument, but only the figures of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were ready in time for the dedication, which took place on Feb. 22, 1858. Randolph Rogers completed the statues of George Mason, installed in 1860; John Marshall, installed in March of 1867; Andrew Lewis, installed Sept. of 1867; and Thomas Nelson, installed in Sept. of 1867. The six allegorical female figures were all completed by 1869.
Information Source: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Independence (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Patrick Henry, the most celebrated orator of the American Revolution. Patrick Henry is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Revolution. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Andrew Lewis, Augusta Colonial Founder. Andrew Lewis, the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Colonial Times, stood on the very threshold of the colonial era, which was fought with such momentous events. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,199 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 9. submitted on January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 10. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Nelson Anderson of Modesto, California. 11. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.