May 13, 2023
About the Susan Anne Carter Plaque near the Smithsonian Castle
“Dear PoPville, I saw your 2014 post asking if anyone knew about the Susan
I saw your 2014 post asking if anyone knew about the Susan Carter plaque near the Smithsonian Castle. You are right. It was a memorial to a friend of mine who was killed by a car while riding her bike home from work that December in 1993.
I designed the plaque — the "wheel" is a Buddhist Dharmachakra or Wheel of Law whose eight spokes represent the Buddhist eight-fold path (right view, right resolve, right speech, right actions, right occupation, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. — i.e., the sum of the Buddha's first teaching after enlightenment). More than you wanted to know!
I designed the plaque but the woman who killed my friend had it fabricated and affixed to the wooden base and a friend of mine helped get permission from DC to have it installed. (That's a long story. Making the plaque was a condition for settlement of a lawsuit and I was the executor of Susan Carter's estate.) Susan Carter worked at the Department of Energy as a computer programmer and lived in the 2400 block of 20th St. NW in DC and was an avid biker, although more of a pleasure biker than a racer. The plaque was still there a year or so ago but had slipped to the base of the pole. The wood was more weathered and cracked than in your picture. But it was still there."Susan Carter worked at the Department of Energy as a computer programmer and lived in the 2400 block of 20th St. NW in DC and was an avid biker, although more of a pleasure biker than a racer