“Why are there books and different crops directly behind Thomas Jefferson’s statue?” asked our guide to the rest of us.
“Anybody? Bueller?” The adults laughed, but not all the class got the reference.
“The answer is Jefferson’s love of books and experimentation with agriculture. Who do you think donated his books to start the Library of Congress? And Jefferson learned from others how to properly maximize his yield for his land.”
The memorial itself was completed in 1943, but the original statue of Jefferson was made of plaster due to a shortage of metal during the war. The current statue was installed in 1947.
The image of the interior of the Memorial was suddenly interrupted by the following clue:
There are 4 quotes within the Jefferson Memorial. The quotes deal with education, independence, laws and government, and religious freedom.