This park is stunningly beautiful in March & April, when the magnolia trees bloom. It’s a charming park, located in the DC neighborhood of Foggy Bottom, where one can peacefully get away from the crowds who are adoring the equally stunning cherry blossoms nearby. (Both trees are uniquely spectacular specimens each spring!) This green space has a tranquil water pond & park benches for relaxing, while taking in the beauty which surrounds you. And now for a little history on this park’s bronze... The bronze sculpture of John Aaron Rawlins rests on a granite base. It is one of the city’s Civil War monuments which were collectively listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also one of the few Civil War monuments that is not an equestrian sculpture. Historians consider this particular statue to be one of the better portrait statues in Washington, D.C. Rawlins was a native of the state of Illinois & a lawyer who organized the 45th Illinois Infantry for the Union Army during the Civil War. He was the closest advisor to General Ulysses S Grant during the war. And after being elected into office, President Grant appointed Rawlins as his Secretary of War of the USA. Rawlins spoke passionately about the plight of recently freed slaves & he tried to protect Native Americans. He accomplished much good in his life, before dying of tuberculosis at a young age (1831–1869).