Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

John Barry served in the Continental Navy and fought in the Revolutionary War. He is known as the Father of the American Navy.

Sculpture at Top of Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

Sculpture at Top of Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

The inscription at the bottom of the monument reads:

John Barry
Commodore United States Navy
Born County Wexford Ireland 1745
Died in Philadelphia 1803

This monument consists of a statute of Commodore Barry standing on top of a base of pink marble with steps of pink granite. The sculptor was John J. Boyle, and the standing figure was installed in 1914.

The base is adorned by the carved figure of a woman standing on the bow of a ship, an olive branch in her raised right hand. Her lowered left hand holds a shield and sword steady at her side. To her right at the same level as the sword and shield, an eagle standing on a branch of oak leaves gazes up at her.

This monument is located on the west side of the Franklin Square Park and right next to 14th Street NW and halfway between I and K Streets NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue of Commodore John Barry.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to Franklin Square.


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