The James Madison Memorial Building is one of the three buildings included Library of Congress campus on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Opened in 1980, it houses periodicals, prints and photographs, motion picture and sound recordings, manuscripts, maps, and more.
It also serves as the official memorial to James Madison, the nation’s fourth U.S. President and Father of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. At the main entrance is the James Madison Memorial Hall with a seated marble statue of Madison in the center surrounded by eight of his quotations etched into teakwood panels. On the exterior of the building are two more quotations regarding the importance of knowledge and learning, and a four-story bronze relief titled “Falling Books” at the entrance. Learn more about the memorial here.
The Madison sculpture was created by artist Walker K. Hancock, one of the Monuments Men who recovered priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis in World War II and protected them from destruction. Hancock was loosely portrayed by actor John Goodman in the 2014 movie “Monument Men,” also starring actor George Clooney. Read Hancock’s story here.