The Commemorative Chairs, a special project in the Campaign for the Roosevelt Legacy, honors individuals who are a part of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's enduring legacies. The chairs in the auditorium of the new Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center are named for people who shared President and Mrs. Roosevelt's vision for America and their role in international affairs, as well as for more contemporary figures whose lives embody the Roosevelt spirit.
Artists, politicians, blue-collar workers, journalists, philanthropists, labor leaders, Supreme Court justices, generals, doctors, actors, diplomats, lawyers, educators, administrator, immigrants, entrepreneurs, social activists, ordinary people and nation-builders, Democrats and Republicans, men and women - this campaign celebrates the ingenuity and hard work of individuals who have contributed to and been inspired by a legacy that embraces freedom, compassion, human rights, and democracy.
Among the honorees are individuals whose words, ideas, projects, sacrifices, and decisions directly shaped the administration of one of America's greatest presidents, and whose friendship and courage sustained Mrs. Roosevelt during her travels as First Lady of the World. Among them are contemporaries whose accomplishments remind us that the Roosevelt legacy is very much alive in the twenty-first century, and that it not only illuminates the past but guides us toward a brighter future.
Take a seat, any seat, and you will find yourself in the presence of greatness.