The Women’s Titanic Memorial is located at the southern end of Washington Channel Park just outside Fort McNair in Southwest Washington, DC.
There is an engraving on the front of the base of the memorial. The letters on the memorial are all capitals, and there is no punctuation. In the following quotation, some letters have been converted to lower case, and punctuation has been added.
To the brave men who perished in the wreck of the Titanic April 15, 1912. They gave their lives that women and children might be saved.
Erected by the Women of America
An engraving on the back of the base of the memorial reads:
TO THE YOUNG AND THE OLD
THE RICH AND THE POOR
THE IGNORNAT AND THE LEARNED
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES NOBLY
TO SAVE WOMEN AND CHILDREN
The memorial was designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Born into one wealthy family, during the summers she lived at the Vanderbilt family mansion, The Breakers, in Newport, Rhode Island. She married Harry Payne Whitney and into a second wealthy family. She studied art, became a sculptor and worked to help women succeed in art.
The memorial was carved by John Horrigan of Quincy, Massachusetts. He sculpted many other statutes including the Continental Soldier at Valley Forge. That sculpture was cast in bronze from a model by Horrigan. It was designed to represent members of the Continental Army from the state of New Jersey. It was placed in Valley Forge, PA upon the site that had been occupied by the New Jersey Brigade.
Interestingly enough the scene from the movie Titanic (directed by James Cameron) with Leonardo DiCaprio (as Jack Dawson) and Kate Winslet (as Rose DeWitt Bukater) standing at the bow of the Titanic is quite reminiscent of this memorial. This concept of taking flight at the front of the ship with both arms spread wide is similar enough to this figure that the idea for the scene may have been suggested by the statute in this memorial.
The Women’s Titanic Memorial is located at the southern end of Washington Channel Park at the point where the western end of P Street SW comes to a dead end one block to the west of the intersection of 4th and P Streets, SW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Titanic Memorial, Washington Channel Park, Washington, DC.
Closest Metro Station: The Waterfront-SEU Metro Station on the Green Line is nearest to the Women’s Titanic Memorial.