Yesterday, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park received a special visit from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Thirty campers from the Club, ages 9-12, traveled to the Park to learn about the history of the memorial, FDR and his legacy, and to discuss how the four freedoms shape their lives today. The campers were led on a tour around the memorial, beginning with a discussion on what a monument means to them.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined the campers on the tour and talked to them about what it means to work in the government, the meaning of the four freedoms, and the importance of pursuing your passion.
“FDR Four Freedoms Park is not only a memorial to Roosevelt, but a tribute to the Four Freedoms he espoused seventy-five years ago. I was delighted to join a group of campers on their first visit to the Park and to hear them speak about the meaning of the four freedoms today,” Senator Gillibrand stated. “Public spaces that allow for this type of discourse, particularly from the voices of our nation’s youth, are an incredible contribution to this country.”
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, which opened in 1980, is to “provide access and opportunities for youth to reach their full potential as responsible members of the community.” As part of their summer at the Club, campers learn how to code from two Americorps VISTAs, take cooking lessons, and visit cultural institutions around the city and the state.
Below are photos from the visit with the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem and Senator Gillibrand.
Photos by Beatrice Moritz