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LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHARES MEMORY OF FIGHT FOR FDR WHEELCHAIR STATUE

  • Oct - 29 - 2020

Over twenty years ago, a young 6th grader from Lindbergh Elementary School in Palisades Park, New Jersey, committed to a campaign for change. When the FDR Memorial opened in 1997, FDR’s disability was hidden. Disability leaders fought back and demanded truth and representation. Sixteen Roosevelt grandchildren agreed that FDR should be shown as the person he was – a person with a disability. And over 50 disability organizations from across the country signed on to support the FDR Wheelchair Statue Campaign.

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DISABILITY COMMUNITY VOICE VITAL IN TIDAL BASIN REVITALIZATION  

  • Oct - 26 - 2020

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee) proactively engaged the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to insist the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab and all future plans related to the Tidal Basin, the FDR Memorial, and the National Mall utilize best practices in Universal Design to maximize inclusion and access and consult with known experts in the field at all stages of the planning.

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U.S. SENATOR TOM HARKIN (RETIRED) JOINS ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE: Committee Seeks to Expand Mission by Uniting Legends of the Disability Movement with Today’s Emerging Leaders 

  • Oct - 13 - 2020
  • Mary Dolan, Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee) is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Committee members, U.S Senator Tom Harkin (Retired) and Serena Jaros, COVID Services Coordinator at Independence Now. The mission of the FDR Committee is to ensure that the efforts by the disability community to guarantee representation at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC is not forgotten and, as initially intended, becomes part of the Memorial’s educational materials, visitor information, and collective memory. 

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Sign the Petition: Disability Rights History at American Landmark Needs to be Told

  • Sep - 11 - 2020
  • FDR Legacy Committee

When the Memorial was dedicated in 1997, FDR's disability was hidden. This changed in 2001 when the disability community prevailed and a statue of FDR seated in a wheelchair was added. Now 20 years later, the Memorial remains an epicenter that embodies the power and pride of the disability community; however, there is no information about the epic fight led by people with disabilities. Our history is missing. And to make matters worse, the Memorial needs accessibility improvements and is in need of major repairs. 

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FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE RECEIVES GRANT FROM HUMANITIESDC FOR ORAL HISTORIES

  • Aug - 03 - 2020

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (the FDR Committee) has received a $5,000 DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) grant to preserve the history of the disability community, the history of a presidential memorial, and the history of Washingtonian activist citizens.

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A Message From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Legacy Committee

  • Jul - 26 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

As we approach the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) on July 26th, it is important to acknowledge those who influenced change in the disability community. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, without a doubt, is one of those iconic leaders whose impact should continue to be applauded. Therefore, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee was established. Our mission is to promote FDR’s and Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of equality, opportunity, dignity, and perseverance as celebrated at the Memorial through education, awareness, and protection of the Memorial for generations to come.

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FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE MEETS $100,000 DONATION MATCH FROM GORDON AND LLURA GUND FOUNDATION

  • Jul - 06 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

WASHINGTON, DC (July 6, 2020) – Every year, nearly 2.5 million people visit the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC, which was dedicated in 1997 to pay tribute to our longest-serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Visitors now experience a seamlessly constructed memorial; however, representation of FDR’s disability was not included in the initial design. The first room – Prologue – was not added until four years after the initial opening of the Memorial.

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Statement from Mary E. Dolan, Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

  • Jun - 08 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

We have all witnessed a lifetime of images over the past few weeks. Some uplifting, but way too many troublesome and for too long. For our democracy to last, we citizens – all of us – must feel safe in our homes, our streets and in practicing our right to protest peacefully. Our country was founded on protests which led us to declare our collective American belief in “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We have never fully achieved this.

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