George Mason Memorial to Reside on National Mall

Posted: October 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

A memorial honoring George Mason will soon reside downtown on the National Mall. Construction is due to begin this month on the George Mason Memorial Gardens.

The memorial is a project of Liberty 2000, a campaign directed by the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall designed to share George Mason’s legacy of liberty. It will be situated between Ohio Drive and the George Mason Bridge. The memorial will sit directly across from the future site of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and within view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

The memorial will be in keeping with his love for gardens. The central element of the garden will be a statue of Mason, one-third larger than life, seated beneath a curving arbor and flanked by stone walls 4 feet high and 12 feet long. The walls will be hand-inscribed with some of Mason’s most lasting words and ideas, which will be chosen by a small group of Mason scholars and historians.

The memorial will be the first monument to reside on the National Mall that is dedicated to an individual who did not serve as president of the United States. The estimated cost of the tribute is $1.5 million and will be paid for through contributions.

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