“Designers [of the FDR Memorial] decided against plans to have FDR shown in a wheelchair. Instead, the statue depicts the president in a chair with a cloak obscuring the chair, showing him as he appeared to the public during his life. Roosevelt’s reliance on a wheelchair was not publicized during his life, as there was a stigma of weakness and instability associated with any disability.” Wikipedia (Neither were other issues published that were overlooked by the press, specifically his relationship with Lucy Mercer.)

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October 17, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

fdr-bwThe National Organization on Disability, headed by the efforts of Alan Reich, raised US$1.65 million over two years to fund the addition of another statue that clearly showed the president in a wheelchair. In January 2001, the additional statue was placed near the memorial entrance showing FDR seated in a wheelchair much like the rare photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his wheelchair.

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Source: chrisreevehomepage.com