On a morning photography technical walk-about in Meridian Hill Park in Washington D.C., with Lynford Morton of Phototour DC, it was wonderful to reaffirm what I’ve learned the past two years about photography. It was also exciting that even though you think you know something, there is always something new to learn.
Meridian Hill Park is a lesser known park in Washington DC that is steeped with history, and is informally known as Malcolm X park. The first mansion built on this location was established in 1819 by Commodore David Porter and the land remained in the estate until 1914 when the federal government bought the land and established the park.
The statue of Joan of Arc is the only female equestrian statue in all of Washington D.C.. In 1922, this Paul Dubois statue was given to Washington as a gift from Le Lyceum Societe de Femmes de France (Ladies of France in Exile in France) is a copy of the original that stands outside the cathedral in Reims, France.
The sword she holds high in the sky was stolen in 1978 and was replaced by her 600th birthday (Joan of Arc’s – not the statue’s) in December, 2011.
Standing high above the Washington Meridian, Joan of Arc is battle ready while keeping a watchful eye over the White House.
So in creating this post, I just learned there is a Washington Meridian. Who knew?? The Washington Meridian were used as the Prime Meridian for the United States and pass through Washington D.C. The lines passed through the Capital, the White House, the Old Naval Observatory and the New Naval Observatory. Looks like a new field trip is due to find out more about this fascinating bit of history.
I hope you enjoyed this brief stroll through Meridian Hill Park with me, and may you have a wonderful day.