The Tidal Basin
The Tidal Basin
In 1996, Congress authorized the creation of a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King. Construction of the King Memorial began in 2010, with the public dedication of the monument on August 28, 2011. Visitors to the Memorial can reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. King as they read selected quotes from various parts of King's life that are carved into a granite wall behind the statue of King. The memorial is surrounded by cherry trees and the Tidal Basin, and is near the FDR Memorial. There is a bookstore located near the memorial that offers a wide variety of books and other items related to the history of King and the civil rights movement. The National Park Service also offers guides and special programs led by park rangers throughout the day.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and completed in 1997. It is part of the National Park Service, which is quite fitting as FDR referenced the importance of national parks to the enrichment of the citizens and country of America in a 1936 speech. It is comprised of four outdoor rooms, ten bronze statues, and various water features covering 7.5 acres. It is the first memorial in Washington, D.C. to be designed as fully wheelchair accessible.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third President of the United States. Built between 1939 and 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was designed by John Russell Pope in neoclassical architecture styles reminiscent of Jefferson's estate Monticello, the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and the Pantheon in Rome. The memorial interior includes a bronze statue of Jefferson by Rudulph Evans and five of Jefferson's notable quotations. It is situated on the picturesque Tidal Basin on the National Mall, managed by the National Park Service.