Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a small National Park located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Opened to the Public on October 24th, 2012, the park celebrates the four freedoms the former president highlighted in his 1941 State of the Union address.
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Worship
- Freedom from Want
- Freedom from Fear
The park is shaped like a giant triangle, lined with walkways and trees on the sides, a grass lawn in the middle, and a 2,000 pound bust of the former president at the focal point. On the reverse side, the relevant portion of FDR's 1941 speech is etched into the granite:
"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedoms 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. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 6, 1941
In this video from our 360° New York series, see what it's like inside the park, and view it from all angles. If you can't move the view around, you need to use the Google Chrome browser on desktop, or the YouTube App for iOS or Android to move around inside the video.
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