West Potomac Park in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The United Nations
1945 / Fourth Term
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial —
FDR believed that the failure of an international organization after World War I led directly to World War II. Under Roosevelt's urging, representatives from 26 countries signed a "Declaration by United Nations" in 1942. After FDR died, Eleanor Roosevelt served as a delegate to the UN. She chaired the commission that adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Memorial Quotes in Room Four
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
Undelivered Address, Prepared for April 13, 1945.
"The structure of wold peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world."
Address to Congress on Yalta Conference, March 1, 1945
"Freedom of speech…
Freedom of worship…
Freedom from want…
Freedom from fear…"
Annual Address to Congress, January 6, 1941
FDR (seated, second
[Tactile exhibit text:]
Room Four Fountain
The United States created a diplomatic framework to prevent another world war. The fear of nuclear war between former allies and nuclear powers the United States and the Soviet Union maintained a Cold War peace. The unorderly blocks in this fountain represent this uneasy stability. The two adversaries remained at odds throughout the second half of the 20th century.
Erected 2022 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, World II • Women. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1942.
Location. 38° 52.971′ N, 77° 2.518′ W. Marker is in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in West Potomac Park. Marker can be reached from Ohio Drive SouthwestTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1850 W Basin Dr SW, Washington DC 20242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "He Died in Harness" (within shouting distance of this marker); Wartime President (within shouting distance of this marker); I Hate War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gift of Friendship (about 300 feet away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (about 400 feet away); Combatting Economic Depression (about 400 feet away); Yoshino (about 500 feet away); Nothing to Fear… (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Washington.
More about this marker. The marker contains text in Braille, for quotes featured throughout the memorial.
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ, 🏳️🌈
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 10, 2022, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.