FDR memorial block.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Block

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Washington, DC

This rectangular block of white marble is inscribed "In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882-1945."

The idea grew out of a conversation that Franklin Roosevelt had with Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1941. Roosevelt said, according to Frankfurter, that if he were to have a monument in Washington, it should be in front of the National Archives and it should be no larger than his desk. And that's its size: 3 feet tall, 7 feet long, 4 feet wide. It was funded through an anonymous group of friends whose names are sealed into the base, and dedicated on the 20th anniversary of FDR's death, April 12, 1965.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Block

Address:
852 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Directions:
On the southeast corner of 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., in the front lawn of the National Archives.
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