George Mason Memorial

George Mason Memorial

George Mason Memorial
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
George Mason Memorial at night
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Established Authorized: 1990
Groundbroken: 2000
Dedicated: 2002
Governing body National Park Service

The George Mason Memorial is a West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is near the Potomac River crossing also named for Mason.

The memorial commemorates the contributions of Mason, a Founding Father who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and created much of the language, inspiration, and groundwork for what became the United States Bill of Rights.

Mason, an Anti-Federalist, did not sign the United States Constitution because it did not abolish the slave trade and because he did not think it had necessary protection for the individual from the federal government. He was sometimes known as the "reluctant statesman", which was also the title of a biography written about him by Robert A. Rutland.


  • History 1
  • Gallery 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4


The memorial was authorized by Public Law 101-358 on August 10, 1990, to be developed by the board of regents of Gunston Hall.

The site selected was 900 Ohio drive, close to the Jefferson Memorial. The design features a 72-foot (22 m) long stone wall with a one-third larger than life-sized statue of a sitting Mason, his legs crossed, and a circular pool with a fountain . The landscape architect was Faye B. Harwell and the sculptor was Wendy M. Ross. The groundbreaking was October 18, 2000, and the completed memorial was dedicated on April 9, 2002.

The George Mason Memorial is administered as part of the National Park Service and is within the jurisdiction of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. It is located near the intersection of Ohio Drive and East Basin Drive, SW, which is in West Potomac Park, District of Columbia.


See also

External links

  • websiteGeorge Mason MemorialNational Park Service: official
  • Wendy Ross Studio: the George Mason National Memorial – the bronze statue's sculptor.
  • : "George Mason Memorial Garden to Be Built near the National Mall"Mason Spiritthe GMU Alumni magazine, Winter 2001 issue.
  • : "The Five-Minute Interview: Wendy M. Ross, Mason Statue Sculptor"The Mason Gazetteby Colleen Kearney Rich, March 27, 2007.