West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Mall and Memorial Parks
—George Mason Memorial —
"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 2017 to fall of 2018 for restoration and repair of the fountains.
Funded by the National Park Service Centennial Challenge with a match by the Trust for the National Mall.
Location. 38° 52.796′ N, 77° 2.378′ W. Marker is in West Potomac Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of East Basin Drive Southwest and Ohio Drive SW on East Basin Drive Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington DC 20242, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defender of Liberty (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Cuban Friendship Urn (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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 - The 1910 Shipment (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Potomac Park.
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