The memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his namesake island in the East River was realized by architect Louis I. Kahn and inspired by Roosevelt’s famous 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech, which impacted the nation and continues to resonate. In that speech, FDR defined " four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear—anywhere in the world." The serene park, on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island and within sight of the United Nations, contains a grassy expanse, two alleys of trees and a waterfront promenade: all leading to Jo Davidson's monumental bronze head of Roosevelt set within a granite alcove on which the four freedoms are carved.
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