John Ericsson National Memorial
After a great deal of debate, a site 900 feet south of the Lincoln Memorial was ultimately chosen as the site for the John Ericsson Memorial. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts encouraged the John Ericsson Memorial Commission to accept the design of noted American sculptor James Earle Fraser. A contract was drawn up with the artist on May 19, 1921. Fraser’s design includes an allegorical statue grouping elevated on a pedestal, gathered behind the seated figure of Captain Ericsson.