Trivia: Taking George Washington Literally

Trivia: Taking George Washington Literally

There is a statue of George Washington sitting outside the national Gallery in London. It’s odd enough to see someone who fought against the British in the 1700s memorialized in England. Odder still to know that there is Virginia soil beneath the statue.

Apparently  our first president said that he would never set foot on British soil again. So when they wanted to erect the statue in memory of him, they shipped in soil from Virginia to put under it and therefore honor his wishes.

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