Located along the
famous Cherry Tree Walk near the National Mall, this is a memorial not
only to FDR, but to the era he represents. The memorial traces twelve
years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms-each
one devoted to one of FDR's terms of office. The first room
introduces FDR's early presidency, when he launched the New deal in
response to the Great Depression. The second room recalls the
despair and hope of the times--New Deal Programs are depicted in bronze
panels. The third room marks the U.S. entry into World War II.
The fourth room honors the life and legacy of FDR. The rooms are not easily
defined and the memorial is more accurately described as a long,
meandering path, bordered by walls made of red South Dakota granite.
Along the way you’ll find sculptures inspired by photographs depicting the
32nd President. At the very beginning of the memorial is a statue with FDR
seated in a wheelchair much like the one he actually used. This statue
was added when the memorial was criticized for not depicting FDR