When America’s first President George Washington died in 1799, the new United States of America went into mourning. His generation had accomplished a herculean feat—political independence from Great Britain—at the time one of the most powerful nations in the world. They also had established a stable new government through The Constitution. Baltimorean citizens were the first in the country to erect a memorial to Washington—one that also celebrated the national independence he had help secure.
The construction of the Monument is extra-ordinarily well documented, as is the development of the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place. These events are explored in a richly illustrated timeline.