West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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John Paul Jones Memorial

The first monument to be erected in West Potomac Park is the memorial to John Paul Jones. Considered to be the Father of the American Navy, Jones was a naval hero of the Revolutionary War.

Dedicated in April 1912, the memorial is located along the north bank of the Tidal Basin where Independence Avenue intersects with the terminus of 17th Street, SW. Listed on the National Register of the Historic Places, the monument is comprised of a 10-foot tall bronze statue in front of a 15-foot marble pylon. The statue is the work of sculptor Charles Niehaus. Water flows into small pools on each side of the monument from fish-shaped spouts.

The reverse side of the marble pylon has a bas-relief that depicts Jones raising the American flag onboard his ship, the Bonhomme Richard. This is believed to be the first time that the flag flew from the mast of a U.S. Warship. When asked if he was willing to surrender during the Battle of Flamborough Head, Jones shouted his immortal words “I have not yet begun to fight.” His subsequent victory over the British man-of-war HMS Serapis was the first time a foreign warship struck their colors to the Stars and Stripes.

Jones’ marble and bronze sarcophagus is located inside the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD.




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