[Photo by Daniel Lobo]
Washington City Paper's award for Best Obscure Memorial went to one that was so well hidden that it had not yet been featured in this column. To sit on this bench dedicated to Jean Jules Jusserand, the French ambassador to the United States during World War I, you'll have to head down Beach Drive into Rock Creek Park. This pal of Teddy Roosevelt received recognition in the form of this granite bench in 1936, four years after his death. Indeed, he must have been a very good friend to Roosevelt as he was the first foreign diplomat to receive a memorial on property owned by the United States government.
· Best Obscure Memorial: Jules Jusserand Memorial [WCP]
· Jean Jules Jusserand [Wikipedia]
· All Hidden Memorials [CDC]