John Ericsson National Memorial

John Ericsson National Memorial

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iucn_category = V

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locator_y = 76
location = Washington, D.C., USA
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lat_degrees = 38
lat_minutes = 53
lat_seconds = 12
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 77
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established = August 31, 1916
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governing_body = National Park Service
John Ericsson National Memorial, located at Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue, SW,in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the man who revolutionized naval history with his invention of the screw propeller. The Swedish engineer John Ericsson was also the designer of the USS "Monitor", the ship that ensured Union naval supremacy during the American Civil War.

The national memorial was authorized by Congress on August 31, 1916, and dedicated on May 29, 1926. Congress appropriated $35,000 for the creation of the memorial, and Americans chiefly of Scandinavian descent raised an additional $25,000. Constructed on a site near the Lincoln Memorial between September 1926 and April 1927, the [ pink Milford granite memorial] is convert|20|ft|m high with a convert|150|ft|m|sing=on diameter base.

Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, it features a seated figure of Ericsson convert|6|ft|5|in|m high, and three standing figures representing "adventure", "labor", and "vision." The national memorial is managed by National Mall and Memorial Parks.


External links

* Official NPS website: [ John Ericsson National Memorial]

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