Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

Find out why there are memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic.

It's a mystery to some why there are memorials in Washington honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic. But a statue or a monument built here on federal land is typically the result of a passionate interest group raising money and lobbying for a sponsor in Congress. Some feel the nation's capital would benefit from a more coherent approach, while others see a reflection of our nation's patchwork identity. We explore the lesser-known memorials in Washington.

Guests

Philip Kennicott

Culture Critic, Washington Post

Kirk Savage

Professor, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh; author of “Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape"

Lucy Kempf

Urban planner; Project Manager for Memorial Policy, National Capital Planning Commission

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Photos: Obscure Memorials

Away from the National Mall, many little-known memorials, statues and monuments adorn the city's landscape.

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