Virginia Washington Monument

The Virginia Washington Monument, also known as the Washington Monument, is a 19th-century neoclassical statue of George Washington located on the public square in Richmond, Virginia. It is the terminus for Grace Street. The cornerstone of the monument was laid in 1850 and it became the second equestrian statue of Washington to be unveiled in the United States (following the one in Union Square, New York City, unveiled in 1856).[3] It was not completed until 1869.[3]

Virginia Washington Monument
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Virginia Washington Monument is located in Virginia
Virginia Washington Monument
Virginia Washington Monument is located in the United States
Virginia Washington Monument
LocationCapitol Square, Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°32′21″N 77°26′4″W / 37.53917°N 77.43444°W / 37.53917; -77.43444Coordinates: 37°32′21″N 77°26′4″W / 37.53917°N 77.43444°W / 37.53917; -77.43444
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectThomas Crawford (sculptor), Randolph Rogers (sculptor)
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference No.03001421[1]
VLR No.127-0189
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 15, 2004
Designated VLRJune 18, 2003[2]


The Washington Monument features a 21-foot (6.4 m), 18,000-pound (8,200 kg) bronze statue of George Washington on horseback. The base of the monument (finished after the American Civil War) includes statues of six other noted Virginians who took part in the American Revolution: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Andrew Lewis, John Marshall, George Mason, and Thomas Nelson Jr..[3] On February 22, 1862, the monument was the location for the second inauguration of the President and Vice President of the Confederate States. The presidential oath of office was administered to Jefferson Davis by Judge J.D. Halyburton and the vice presidential oath to Alexander H. Stephens by senate president R.M.T. Hunter.[4] Elements of the statue were incorporated into the Seal of the Confederate States.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places nomination" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Programme for the Inauguration of the President and Vice-President of the Confederate States. 1862. p. 2. OL 24601341M.
  5. ^ Matthews, James M., ed. (1863). The Statutes at Large of the Confederate States of America, Passed at the Third Session of the First Congress; 1863. Richmond: R. M. Smith, Printer to Congress. p. 167. OL 25389078M.
Suffragette members of the Equal Suffrage League of Richmond in February of 1915

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