The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Paul Jones Memorial
National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
The American Revolution
[Portrait of] John Paul Jones, 1747-1742
A bold captain--fearless even when facing the superior British Royal Navy--John Paul Jones ensured his place in American memory.
Jones, a recent Scottish immigrant, readily accepted an appointment in the new Continental Navy following the start of the American Revolution. He captained several ships during the war and became a celebrated hero. Jones' voyage to fame became a familiar story to immigrants who succeeded through personal achievement instead of inherited right of birth.
In 1779 while captaining the Bonhomme Richard, Jones captured the H.M.S. Serapis during a spectacular and bloody engagement fought within view of the British shore. Dubbed "the pirate, Paul Jones," Jones's exploits reminded British citizens they were not immune from the effects of war. Perhaps Jones' greatest contribution toward American independence was that he became a hero precisely when the cause needed one.
On April 17, 1912, President William Howard Taft dedicated this memorial. Jones is depicted standing defiantly upon the deck of the Bonhomme Richard during battle and
[The marker's background painting is a depiction of "Action Between the Serapis and Bonhomme Richard" by Richard Paton, published 1780.]
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.31′ N, 77° 2.354′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 17th Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW, on the right when traveling north on 17th Street, SW. Touch for map. Marker is accessible to pedestrians from the sidewalk at the intersection, on the northeast corner, off the transition lane from Independence Avenue to 17th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
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); World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Why is the Washington Monument Temporarily Closed? Keeping the Cherry Trees Healthy (about 800 feet away); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Stone Lantern (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); A Symbol of International Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Heroes • Notable Events • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
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