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MASON_150412_01.JPG: Defender of Liberty
"I ... looked forward to ... Independence, ... and will risque the last Penny of my Fortune and the last Drop of my Blood upon the Issue."
-- George Mason, 1778
George Mason belonged to the genteel Virginia plantation society that cultivated some truly extraordinary leaders. George Washington regarded Mason as his mentor and Thomas Jefferson described him as “the wisest man of his generation.” He devoted himself to achieving American independence despite being a widower with nine children to raise. Mason helped draft the Fairfax Resolves that recommended a “continental congress” to preserve colonial rights. In 1776 Mason wrote the landmark Virginia Declaration of Rights that not only inspired the American Declaration of Independence, but also France’s 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the United Nations’ 1954 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
After helping lead a revolt against Great Britain, George Mason prepared to lead another against his fellow delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. He refused to join them for the signing ceremony (above [painting, upper right corner]) on September 17, citing their failure to forbid the importation of slaves or guarantee individual human rights. With the adoption of the U.S. Bill of Rights (left [of this caption, a photograph of the Bill of Rights]) in 1791, Mason finally devoted his “heart to the new Government.”
On April 9, 2002, George Mason received recognition as a champion of human rights and individual liberty. Designed to incorporate the existing 1905 fountain and its garden setting (left [of this caption is a drawing of the site plans]), the memorial draws its inspiration from Mason’s beloved Gunston Hall plantation.
MASON_150412_08.JPG: George Mason
Author of America's First Bill of Rights
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Wikipedia Description: George Mason Memorial
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The George Mason Memorial, located in East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., commemorates the often neglected contributions of an important Founding Father of the United States. George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Perhaps Mason's greatest act was withholding his signature from the United States Constitution because it did not abolish the slave trade and lacked 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.
The memorial was authorized by Public Law 101-358 on August 10, 1990, to be developed by the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall. A site near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was selected. The design features a 72 foot long stone wall with a one-third larger than life sized statue of a sitting Mason, his legs crossed, and a circular pool. The architect was Faye B. Harwell and the sculptor Wendy M. Ross. After an October 18, 2000 groundbreaking, it was dedicated on April 9, 2002. It is managed by National Mall and Memorial Parks.
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2015 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
I retired from the US Census Bureau in god-forsaken Suitland, Maryland on my 58th birthday in May. Yee ha!
Trips this year: two Civil War Trust conferences (Raleigh, NC in March, and Richmond, VA in June) and two personal trips (to San Diego Comic-Con in July and down for a Florida quickie in August) after I retired.
Ego Strokes: Carolyn Cerbin used a Kevin Costner photo in her USA Today article. Miss DC pictures were used a few times in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 550,000.