Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone lists several of his greatest accomplishments, but leaves out the fact that he was President of the United States.
Jefferson wrote out specific instructions for a monument to be erected at his grave site, and described the exact text to be displayed by saying:
“On the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, & not a word more
HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.
because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.”
He died months later, on the 4th of July, 1826 - coincidentally the same exact day John Adams died. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives,” which was incorrect, because he’d died 5 hours prior.
In August, meme star Tombili from Istanbuldied, and since then friends and fans have been pushing for a permanent monument to his life. On October 4, World Animal Day, that desire was officially fulfilled, when a commemorative sculpture by local artist Seval Şahin was unveiled.