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LBJ Memorial Grove Cleanup
April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join DC Preservation League and the Potomac Conservancy on Saturday, April 27th as we complete a service event to clean and protect Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove.
Join us in collecting trash and debris around the memorial while catching breathtaking views of the National Mall and DC skyline. Located just within the boundary of Washington, DC, this memorial to President Lyndon Baines Johnson is a living memorial, a grove of trees and a meadow.
Johnson’s friends felt this style of memorial was a fitting representation of a man who valued nature in his personal life and supported environmental protection in his presidency. Lady Bird Johnson selected Columbia Island, lying between the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Boundary Channel, as the site. Four benches at the edge of the plaza provide a place to contemplate the view of the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol across the Potomac. The Johnsons often stopped here as they drove back to Washington along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Ideas about memorializing presidents changed dramatically during the course of the 20th century. Early memorials tended to be imposing architectural monuments, using the language of Classical architecture to honor the president and his accomplishments. The Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials are examples of this type. In the late 20th century, interest grew in creating living memorials that use landscapes, rather than buildings, to embody the president’s ideals and serve other desirable public purposes. Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Frankin D. Roosevelt Memorial are other examples of living memorials.
Saturday, April 27th
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove
George Washington Memorial Pkwy Washington, DC, 20037
Free and open to the public – RSVP required, register here
Photo: National Park Service