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Hyde Park in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom Court

 
 
Freedom Court Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2022
1. Freedom Court Marker
Inscription.  

Freedom Court commemorates the shared vision of two great warriors of freedom: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Spencer Churchill.

During the dark days of World War II, they envisioned a future where democracy and freedom would flourish. These goals were enshrined in President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms.

Yet, soon after victory, their vision was overshadowed. In Churchill's words in 1946, an "Iron Curtain” descended across Europe. It separated the free world from that of communism. Thus began the "Cold War"-a new conflict against a different foe.

In 1961 the Berlin Wall became the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain. Its fall, in 1989, marked the end of the Cold War.

The sculpture at the center of Freedom Court, BreakFree, was created from sections of the Berlin Wall by artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill. Human figures are shown breaking free of symbolic barbed wire-expressing freedom's triumph over totalitarianism. BreakFree embodies the noble principles championed by Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
 
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listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicPeaceWar, ColdWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1946.
 
Location. 41° 46.102′ N, 73° 56.065′ W. Marker is in Hyde Park, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker and figures are in the Freedom Court, on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4079 Albany Post Road (NY Rt 9), Hyde Park NY 12538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Berlin Wall Figures (a few steps from this marker); Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (a few steps from this marker); The World Mourns (within shouting distance of this marker); On Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Home by the Hudson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Springwood (about 400 feet away); The heart of Franklin Roosevelt (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyde Park.
Freedom Court and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2022
2. Freedom Court and Marker

 
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Also see . . .  FDR Presidential Library and Museum. (Submitted on November 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
<i>BreakFree</i> Berlin Wall Sculpture in Freedom Court image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2022
3. BreakFree Berlin Wall Sculpture in Freedom Court
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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