West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Defender of Liberty
George Mason Memorial, National Mall and Memorial Parks
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
George Mason, 1778.
George Mason belonged to the genteel Virginia plantation society that cultivated some truly extraordinary leaders. George Washington regarded Mason as his mentor and Thomas Jefferson described him as “the wisest man of his generation.” He devoted himself to achieving American independence despite being a widower with nine children to raise. Mason helped draft the Fairfax Resolves that recommended a “continental congress” to preserve colonial rights. In 1776 Mason wrote the landmark Virginia Declaration of Rights that not only inspired the American Declaration of Independence, but also France’s 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the United Nations’ 1954 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
After helping lead a revolt against Great Britain, George Mason prepared to lead another against his fellow delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. He refused to join them for the signing ceremony
On April 9, 2002, George Mason received recognition as a champion of human rights and individual liberty. Designed to incorporate the existing 1905 fountain and its garden setting (left [of this caption is a drawing of the site plans]), the memorial draws its inspiration from Mason’s beloved Gunston Hall plantation.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of David K. E. Bruce [George Mason portrait], Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy; Architect of the Capitol; National Archives [U.S. Bill of Rights]; Rhodeside & Harwell [George Mason Memorial design, Gunston Hall Plantation].
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 52.791′ N, 77° 2.374′ W. Marker was in West Potomac Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker could Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. Forgotten Founder (a few steps from this marker); River Bottom to Parkland (about 600 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Potomac Park.
More about this marker. Marker has been replaced with the new marker "Forgotten Founder".
Also see . . .
1. Gunston Hall - George Mason and slavery. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. George Mason Memorial. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Slavery; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; Faye B. Harwell; Wendy M. Ross.
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