The Public Interest

Monuments in an age without heroes

Nathan Glazer

Spring 1996

IT was not much noted, or indeed noted at all, that the Million Man March in Washington last November took place in front of what was described in the 1937 Works Progress Administration (WPA) guide to Washington as the “the largest and most costly piece of statuary in Washington.” This is the Grant Memorial, the major monument in Washington to the Civil War. It is 252 feet long. 

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