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John Adams Memorial: The Fight for a Monument in Washington DC

By    |   Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 02:38 PM

John Adams, the second president of the United States, does not have memorial commemorating his accomplishments in Washington, D.C., although there's a movement to change that.

There is a statue of Adams, dedicated in 2001, located Boston's City Hall Plaza. The life-size bronze statue of the "Atlas of Independence" was designed by sculptor Lloyd Lillie. There is also a statue of Adams in Freedom Park, known as the Boston Common, where the Freedom Trail begins.

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For more than a decade, the Adams Memorial Foundation has strived to raise funds to erect a memorial in Washington, D.C., for the Adams family. This memorial would not only commemorate John Adams, but also his wife, Abigail Adams, as well as their son and sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, and other influential family members.

The first attempt to build the memorial took place in 2001, but the fundraising goal was not met by its seven-year deadline in 2009. The deadline was then extended to 2010, then to December 2013, but again the goal was not met and the authorization expired.

In July 2014 the fundraising effort was reauthorized with a deadline to raise the money to build the Adams memorial by December 2020.

“There has been a lot in the news about how American high school graduates don’t have a very good grasp of U.S. history. A primary goal of the memorial is to raise awareness of the important contributions that multiple generations of Adamses made to our country’s founding and early growth," stated the Adams memorial's fundraising page. "Many people know something about John and Abigail and maybe a little about John Quincy or Henry. The public isn’t aware of the larger family legacy. The common themes that run through their lives are devotion to public service, the power of ideas, and doing the right thing for the nation, even when there are painful consequences politically or personally.”

According to the page, the fundraising to meet the goal to build an Adams memorial "will soon begin in earnest."

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