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FPLAZA_970507_01.JPG: Pulaski Statue
Casimir Pulaski was the father of American cavalry. Born in Poland in 1747, he was the son of Joseph Pulaski, a military leader in Poland who had helped in a rebellion against Russian interference in that country. After his father died, Casimir assumed military command and achieved some notable successes against the Russians. Political intrigue involving a plot to kill the Polish King resulted in Casimir's exile.
Found in Paris by Benjamin Franklin, Casimir enlisted in the American cause in the American Revolution. Joining George Washington's army just before the battle of Brandywine, he discovered the British flanking operation as well as an escape route for the Americans. He then gathered all available cavalry and covered the retreat.
Congress then gave him a commission as brigadier general and command of all American cavalry. Later, General Washington allowed him to form an independent corp of cavalry and light infantry of foreign volunteers. Pulaski's Legion trained a number of American cavalry officers in the process, including Robert E Lee's father "Light Horse" Henry Lee. In 1779, his troops helped lift the siege of Charleston. Pulaski was killed in an attack on Savannah.
So this statue commemorates the man. It stands along Pennsylvania Avenue near 12th Street. The light building immediately to the left of the statue is the Warner Theatre.
FPLAZA_970507_02.JPG: Willard Hotel; Treasury Building
Another view of the Willard Hotel. The building to the left of it is the Dept of Treasury building.
Wikipedia Description: Freedom Plaza
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Freedom Plaza, originally known as Western Plaza, is an open plaza in Northwest Washington, D.C., United States, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, adjacent to Pershing Park. Constructed in 1980, the plaza is mostly composed of stone, inlaid with a depiction of parts of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant's plan for the City of Washington. Most of the plaza is raised above street level. The western end of the plaza contains a large fountain, while the eastern end of the plaza contains an equestrian statue of Kazimierz Pulaski. The plaza is one block south of the "Freedom Plaza" historical marker at stop number W.7 of the Civil War to Civil Rights Downtown Heritage Trail at 13th and E Streets, NW.
The plaza was renamed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked on his "I Have a Dream" speech in the nearby Willard Hotel. In 1988, a time capsule containing a Bible, a robe, and other relics of King's was planted at the site. It will be reopened in 2088.
The John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District of Columbia government, faces the plaza, as does the historic National Theatre, which has been visited by every U.S. President since it opened in 1835. Three large hotels are to the north and west.
Freedom Plaza is a popular place for political protests and civic events. In May of 1968, it was home to a shanty town known as "Resurrection City" erected by protesters affiliated with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People’s Campaign, although this protest, in the wake of King's assassination, ultimately proved unsuccessful and the inhabitants of the tent city were dispersed by June of the same year.
Freedom Plaza is also one of the settings in Dan Brown's 2009 novel The Lost Symbol, in part because of the Plaza's location at the intersection of Metro lines. The Federal Triangle Metro station, which sits on the Blue and Orange Lines, is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the pla ...More...
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1999_DC_FPlaza: DC -- Freedom Plaza (incl Pulaski statue) (2 photos from 1999)
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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