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  • 56-BAC 1X1-John F. Kennedy
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Artist:

Isabe McIlavin

Location:

Massachusetts State House, on south lawn near Beacon St.  

Location

Massachusetts State House, on south lawn near Beacon St.
United States
42° 21' 28.6596" N, 71° 3' 50.8212" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1990

Medium:

Bronze with green patina on the base

Collection:

Massachusetts State House

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

This beloved president was born in the Boston suburb of Brookline and began his political career in Massachusetts. Kennedy served first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate after ousting incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge, commemorated nearby). On January 20, 1961, Kennedy became the youngest elected president of the United States, at age 43. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, a day forever etched into American history. This sculpture captures Kennedy’s youth and poise as he walks confidently out of the Massachusetts State House. With his arms bent and his gaze focused straight ahead, the figure appears to stride with a purpose in mind—perhaps his destination or the next task at hand. Eight maple leaves and 68 seedpods are inscribed on the pedestal, which together represent death and regeneration. The statue was dedicated on the 73rd anniversary of Kennedy’s birth. History buffs can visit many JFK-themed sites in the Boston area, including the house where he was born (now owned by the National Parks Service) and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

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