—Andy Sims, Douglasville
A: Other non-presidents have memorials on the National Mall, including founding father George Mason of Virginia, who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which served as a basis for the Bill of Rights. His memorial is near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Other memorials on the National Mall include those remembering John Ericsson, a Swedish-born engineer/inventor best known for designing the iron-plated USS Monitor during the Civil War, and Scottish-born John Paul Jones, a naval hero during the American Revolution. In 1996, Congress passed a resolution authorizing the King memorial. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.