Hyde Park Plaques
If you’ve spent much time walking the streets of Boston or New York, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a public artwork by Gregg LeFevre—perhaps without even realizing it. Although LeFevre creates art in a variety of media, his most ubiquitous works are the dozens of small bronze plaques he’s set into city sidewalks and squares, including the “Boston Bricks” on Winthrop Street, near Downtown Crossing.
These bronze plaques were installed in the Hyde Park Business Distinct in 2000, as part of a larger project to design several pocket parks in the area. Like many of LeFevre’s plaques, they provide glimpses into the neighborhood’s history and culture. One commemorates a group of forty Hyde Park women, who in 1870 protested their inability to vote by casting invalid ballots in a local election. Among them were the well-known abolitionists Sarah and Angelica Grimké. Other plaques featuring images of books and literary quotations refer to the Hyde Park branch of the Boston Public Library, which is located nearby on Harvard Street.