Samuel Gompers Memorial

Dedicated in 1933, this statue honors the contributions of labor leader Samuel Gompers (1850-1924).

The memorial to labor leader Samuel A. Gompers, founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor, was dedicated in 1933, with President Franklin Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt in attendance. The bronze seated portrait of Gompers is placed on a pedestal in front of a large granite plinth supporting six allegorical male and female figures representing aspects of the American labor movement: Justice, Unity and Cooperation of the Labor Movement, the Protection of the Home, and the Overthrow of Industrial Exploitation by Education. It was sculpted by Robert I. Aitken and donated by the American Federation of Labor.

Samuel Gompers Memorial Park is made up of two major trapezoidal reservations on Massachusetts Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets, NW. They were first improved in 1875, and landscaped by the 1880s. Quarter-round concrete coping replaced the perimeter post-and-chain enclosures in 1904. The statue of Samuel A. Gompers was erected in 1933, and the land was officially designated Samuel Gompers Memorial Park in 1955.

DC Inventory: February 22, 2007
National Register: October 11, 2007
Within Shaw Historic District

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Massachusetts Avenue, 10th and L Streets, NW