Jefferson Memorial


Located in Washington, D. C., the Jefferson Memorial honors Thomas Jefferson– author of the Declaration of Independence, first Secretary of State, and third President of the United States. The memorial stands as a symbol and reminder to the things that Jefferson wanted for his country–equality, education, liberty, freedom, and independence.

The memorial is built along the Tidal Basin, in line with the White House, other memo­rials and the Capitol. The Tidal Basin is surrounded by cherry blossom trees. The trees were a gift from the city of Tokyo, Japan, to the city of Washington, D. C.

The structure of the building is based on the classic style of architecture Jefferson introduced into this country. In the center of the memorial is a standing statue of Jefferson. On the inside walls are four inscriptions based upon Jefferson’s writings. They describe his beliefs in freedom, education of all people, and the need for change in the laws and institutions of a democracy.

Updated: 18th July 2015 — 3:09 pm