The Memorial: “The Time Has Come”

On November 5, 2001, the U.S. Congress authorized creation of the Adams Memorial, which will be built on federal land in Washington, D.C., using privately raised funds. The memorial will honor President John Adams—one of the most influential of the Founding Fathers—as well as Abigail Adams, President John Quincy Adams, and other family members who shaped our nation’s early history.

As the enabling legislation states, “Both individually and collectively, the members of this illustrious family have enriched the Nation through their profound civic consciousness, abiding belief in the perfectibility of the Nation’s democracy, and commitment to service and sacrifice for the common good.”

Correcting an oversight

Citing the creation of other presidential memorials—honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln—the law notes, “The National Capital has no comparable memorial to former President John Adams…. The time has come to correct this oversight so that future generations of Americans will know and understand the preeminent historical and lasting significance to the Nation of his contributions and those of his family.”

The Adams Memorial Foundation

Under legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2001, the Adams Memorial Foundation is responsible for overseeing planning, design, and fundraising for the memorial. Click here for a list of Foundation board members and advisors or to contact the Foundation.