Jefferson Memorial

-Thomas Jefferson is one of the greatest figures in the history of the nation.

-A firm believer in equal rights, democracy, education available to all, freedom of religion and separation between church and state, he gave form to the nascent nation still searching for its identity. Besides being a politician, Jefferson was also an architect, a writer, musician, scientist and inventor.

-Although the Jefferson Memorial is not as popular as other Washington D.C. landmarks, the power and majesty of this larger than life memorial can be attributed to the legendary status of its subject, Thomas Jefferson. The Jefferson Memorial honors one of the greatest founding fathers of America and gives tribute to the spirit of America.

-The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is situated along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. It stands in what is designated as East Potomac Park, next to the Tidal Basin and the George Mason Memorial, not far from US National Mall. It is directly South of the Washington Monument and the White House.

-Construction started in 1939 and it was dedicated four years later, in 1943. Since metal was being rationed during the Second World War, a plaster statue of Jefferson was created instead. After the war, the plaster statue was replaced by a 19ft / 6m tall statue in bronze, sculpted by Rudulph Evans. The interior walls are engraved with inscriptions taken from the Declaration of Independence and from other writings.

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