Memorials and Monuments in the Nation’s Capital: Background, Establishment and Related Issues


Julius Hines (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: POL006000

In 1986, in an effort to create a statutory process for the creation, design, and construction of commemorative works in the District of Columbia, Congress debated and passed the Commemorative Works Act (CWA). This book examines the evolving process by which memorials have been proposed, approved, and constructed in the District of Columbia. Since the enactment of the CWA, Congress has authorized 31 commemorative works to be placed in the District of Columbia or its environs. This book contains a catalog of 18 authorized works that have been completed and dedicated since 1986. For each memorial, the book provides a rationale for each authorized work, as expressed by a Member of Congress, as well as the statutory authority for its creation; and identifies the group or groups which sponsored the commemoration, the memorial’s location, and the dedication date. Furthermore, this book provides a status update on eight in-progress memorials and five memorials with lapsed authorizations. The final section of this book focuses on options for Congress for four types of exemptions to the CWA: siting works, use of specific materials, memorial completion deadlines, and the placement and status of museums. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Commemorative Works in the District of Columbia: Background and Practice
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 2. Monuments and Memorials Authorized and Completed Under the Commemorative Works Act in the District of Columbia
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 3. Monuments and Memorials Authorized Under the Commemorative Works Act in the District of Columbia: Current Development of In-Progress and Lapsed Works
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 4. Monuments and Memorials in the District of Columbia: Analysis and Options for Proposed Exemptions to the Commemorative Works Act
Jacob R. Straus


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