I’m a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take down his memorial.

I’m a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take down his memorial.
Thomas Jefferson (Image: Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke/Pixabay)

[Ed. – Happily the decision isn’t any more his than it’s BLM’s or the NYT’s.]

As we crossed the Potomac River on the 14th Street Bridge, the Jefferson Memorial stood off to the left, overlooking the Tidal Basin. I don’t remember ever visiting the memorial, even though it was just a short walk from the museums. It was located on the Mall, along Jefferson Drive, naturally.

We were surrounded by the history of Thomas Jefferson when we made those visits to our grandparents. We would drive down to Charlottesville with our grandmother to visit our great-aunts and our great-grandmother — and they would take us up the mountain to Monticello and drop us off to play in the house and on the grounds. They treated Monticello like it was the family home, because in a way it was: They were great-granddaughters of Jefferson. …

I guess that’s why my brother and I, the great-grandsons, took the Jefferson Memorial for granted.

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