Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse? A Walking Tour

date Sunday, 2 April 2017 time 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

👤 Jessica Unger 🏢 Lafayette Park

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The equestrian statue of Gen. Nathanael Greene in D.C.’s Stanton Park toppled from its base in 1930. (It’s since been righted.)

D.C. is brimming with bronze and marble likenesses. You can hardly turn a corner without being met by the solemn face of a statue.

As the nation’s capital, our public spaces hold the special honor (and at times, burden) of commemorating historical figures. But have you ever wondered what made these individuals noteworthy and why someone thought they were significant? When was their significance decided upon, and who made the decision to honor them? And finally, what rights do D.C. residents have in terms of statue selection and placement?

This walking tour will start at the Andrew Jackson statue north of the White House (the oldest in D.C.) and stop at several statues in the downtown area. You’ll learn about each statue from artistic, historic, and political perspectives.

Location

Lafayette Park
H Street between 15th and 17th streets NW
Meet at the Andrew Jackson statue at the center of the park

Washington, DC
Neighborhood: Downtown

Registration for this class opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday, 25 March

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