New York, New York: FDR Hope Memorial

Bronze President Roosevelt in his wheelchair reaches out a hand toward a little girl on crutches.

Address:
Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
Directions:
At the south end of Roosevelt Island, which is in the East River between Manhattan and Queens.
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Shake with FDR.

FDR Hope Memorial

The first memorial to focus on Franklin Roosevelt's disability, this site was dedicated on July 17, 2021. It features two statues sculpted by Meredith Bergmann. One is of the president in his wheelchair with his arm extended toward the second sculpture, of a girl using a crutch, her own arm reaching toward her kindred spirit in the White House. Perseverance and hope.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 08/30/2022]

The statues are on Roosevelt Island, which for many years had hospitals with patients who had contracted polio, just like FDR.

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