The Breadline – FDR Memorial

The Breadline - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Breadline - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This sculpture named The Breadline was created by sculptor George Segal. George Segal created two other sculptures for the FDR Memorial: The Fireside Chat and The Rural Couple

The Breadline is located in Room Two of the FDR Memorial. The five figures in the sculpture, all male, all with eyes downcast and all dressed in long coats and hats as a defense against the cold, stand in line against a brick wall and wait for food that may be only bread. The windowless wooden door they all face remains closed in front of them.

Room Two covers the time of the Great Depression, and this sculpture reflects the difficulties encountered by many people.

The inscription partly above and partly to the left of this sculpture is from 1937. It reads:

I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the sculpture The Breadline in Room Two of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.


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