Dedicated to Thomas Jefferson the Jefferson Memorial sits along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River. Jefferson has an impressive resume including main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, governor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States under second President John Adams, and also the third President, as well as being the founder of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia.
The monument opened on Jefferson’s 200th birthday, April 13, 1943. Material shortages during World War II delayed the installation of Jefferson’s bronze statue until 1947.
In the ‘Things Never Seem to Change’ category, the designers, hired by the Roosevelt administration, adorned the memorial’s walls with several lifted-from-context and partial quotes to suggest Jefferson’s support for Roosevelt’s social-democratic programs like the New Deal, which Jefferson would likely not have supported.