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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Franklin Roosevelt

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 03:03 PM

Franklin Roosevelt guided the nation through the turbulent years of the Great Depression and World War II. Memorials to the 32nd president of the U.S. honor him for his leadership qualities as well as his abilities to conquer the effects of polio and rise to the highest office in the land.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. is divided into four outdoor permanent exhibits that symbolize his four terms in office, more than any other president. The seven-acre structure was built from red South Dakota granite. It was the first memorial to be wheelchair accessible, according to Washington.org.

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A bronze statue of Roosevelt sits at the entrance to the memorial in Potomac Park. The memorial also includes a bronze statue of Eleanor Roosevelt next to a United Nations emblem, the only presidential memorial that features a First Lady.

President Clinton dedicated the memorial in 1997. The statue of Roosevelt was later changed to show his confinement to a wheelchair after groups complained the original statue showed Roosevelt covered by a cape in a wheelchair, reported ABC News. The newer statue makes it clear how Roosevelt overcame is handicap.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park was the first memorial dedicated to Roosevelt in in his home state of New York where he served as governor. The memorial, the last work of architect Louis I. Kahn, is located on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

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It celebrates Roosevelt's mention of four freedoms he pronounced in a 1941 State of the Union address. The Four Freedoms Park Conservancy sponsors educational and public programs.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York includes sculptures of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. The presidential library was opened to the public in 1941. The National Park Service took over the property, which includes Roosevelt's home, after the president died in 1945. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are buried in the Rose Garden on the property.

An unusual but interesting sculpture of Roosevelt can be seen in an isolated area in West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. The concrete structure is placed along a railroad right of way. It was originally located near a pedestrian bridge, no longer there, crossing the railroad tracks and dates back to the 1930s or 1940s, according to Roadside America.

The Roosevelt bust appears to be atop a fireplace pedestal, which might refer to his famous fireside chats of the 1930s that comforted Americans during the Depression.

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