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John Carroll still overseeing his campus

Bishop John Carroll grew up in Upper Marlboro, Md., educated in Europe and returned to become the leader of American Catholics and establish Georgetown University. Why do students put toilet seats under the bronze statue on campus and place jack-o-lanters … Continue reading

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Martin Luther soars above the daily life

It’s not just the statue that catches my eye, but the background. At the proper angle, they combine for a commanding presence. Martin Luther and the Luther Place Memorial Church in the background at Thomas Circle are a perfect partnership … Continue reading

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Admiral still leads way for Peru

Entering the Peruvian embassy on 17th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW means getting by Miguel Grau first. The magnificent bust of the country’s person of the past millennium dominates the doorway. There wasn’t room to put it elsewhere and what the … Continue reading

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Reagan welcomes you to National airport

I still think it should be called (George) Washington National Airport. Indeed, there’s a sign on the north side that still says so. But lawmakers renamed it Reagan-Washington National Airport in 1998. That name lasted five minutes as many now … Continue reading

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Statue of Dr. Philip Jaisohn looks like the real thing

Many statues kinda, sorta, maybe look like the person. Given many of the subjects are long dead, it’s not always easy to know how striking the likeness may be. But outside the South Korean Embassy along Massachusetts Ave. is not … Continue reading

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San Martin rides tall among Latin American memorials

  When researching the story of Gen. Jose de San Martin, it sounded so much like the nearby statue of Gen. Simon Bolivar that I had to double check I was looking at the latter. No wonder their statues are … Continue reading

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The Maine Lobsterman along the waterfront

There are no lobsters in Washington aside the ones in restaurants. Plenty of crabs from nearby Maryland, but the seven-foot statue on Sixth and Water Sts. SW along the waterfront shows a Maine waterman “pegging” lobsters by tying their claws. … Continue reading

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The Hiker welcomes you to Arlington National

The memorials start long before entering the gates of Arlington National Cemetery. Just after leaving the Memorial Bridge is “The Hiker.” World War II soldiers were called G.I. Joes and World War I predecessors were Doughboys. The Spanish-American War fighters … Continue reading

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Daniel Webster offers the highest of relief panels

Normally, the high relief art complements the statue, but the two beneath the statue of Daniel Webster are the coolest ones I’ve seen around town. They are nearly lifelike, showing none of their 110 years. The scene in the front … Continue reading

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Shutterbugs – this sculpture’s for you

It seems only fitting that a sculpture of the first photographer rests outside the National Portrait Gallery on 7th St. N.W. just steps from the Verizon Center. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist … Continue reading

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Wandering along Embassy Row: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A walk along Embassy Row found a new statue since my last stroll. is in front of the Republic of Turkey embassy’s official residence. “The Father of Turks” was a World War I military officer who later served as Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Who’s the boss? Why ‘Boss’ Shepherd, of course

George Washington may be the father of our country and namesake for the our town, but Alexander Robey Shepherd, better known as “Boss Shepherd,” is considered “The Father of Modern Washington.” Shepherd actually stopped an 1870s movement to relocate the … Continue reading

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Joseph Henry was no ding-dong

The statue of the man who invented the doorbell stands before a building that has none. Then again, how many castles do? Joseph Henry was a 19th century scientist whose work in electromagnets led him to become the first Secretary … Continue reading

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Po’pay shows New Mexico’s history

No image or written description exists, but there’s a statue of Po’pay in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Interesting. Po’pay (ripe squash) was a spiritual leader in New Mexico who organized the Pueblo Revolt against … Continue reading

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Sarah Winnemucca remembered in CVC

Sarah Winnemucca was one of the early American Indians from the West to work with white settlers to influence 19th century policies. A member of the Northern Paiute tribe in northern Nevada, Winnemucca was one of the first American Indians … Continue reading

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A statue for Len Bias? Not so fast

News broke today that a Maryland lawmaker was withdrawing his bill for a $50,000 statue at Northwestern High for a statue of the late basketball star Len Bias. That bit of news went across the local sports landscape like a … Continue reading

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Admiral Byrd stands tall at Arlington National

Admiral Richard Byrd was simply one tough hombre. He was the first man to fly over both the North Pole (1926) and the South Pole three years later. His expeditions, including five to Antarctica, mapped several hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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McPherson finds another occupation

Union Gen. James Birdseye McPherson is under siege once more – this time by protestors. The Occupy DC movement is encamped in McPherson Square, surrounding the Civil War general. Below the 12-foot equestrian statue atop a granite base are hundreds … Continue reading

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Ben Franklin remembered as leading Colonial journalist

One of my tour companies picks up regularly at the Old Post Office Pavilion so I see the eight-foot marble statue of Ben Franklin quite often. I thought it was to honor him as the nation’s first postmaster general given … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Gandhi walks Embassy Row

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