The FDR Memorial – A Story of a Statue (a conversation with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt)


This week we discussed the FDR Memorial with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, one of FDR’s grandchildren.  Anna has been associated with the Roosevelt Institute for over 30 years and is currently the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  At Goodwill, she works on inclusion and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The FDR Memorial in Washington DC was originally commissioned without any image of disability.  The disability community felt that the memorial was not complete without this image, and members of the disability community, along with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and her cousins, advocated for an additional statue to be placed at the entrance of the memorial.  The statue, which depicts FDR in a wheelchair, is the most accessible and most photographed statue in the memorial.

A special thanks to Anne for this conversation – it was quite a treat.  Please go visit the memorial in Washington DC.

About Pepsi with Brigid

My mom and I decided to do this video blog together after I read a post from a friend on Facebook where he said that he wished he could have spent more time with his mom and share his business with her... I am fortunate that my parents live in Evanston still and I am able to share this with her.
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2 Responses to The FDR Memorial – A Story of a Statue (a conversation with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt)

  1. Julie Jennett Baumgartner says:

    Patrick and Brigid, I really enjoyed this new post. How wonderful to be able to skype with Anna. The memorial will surely be an inspiration to many for years to come.

  2. Margaret Morris says:

    Pat, I love, love, love what you are doing with your mom . You are showing us things we need think about.

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