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Maurice J. Tobin

Artist:

Emilius R. Ciampa

Location:

Charles River Esplanade, along Hatch Shell Circle  

Location

Charles River Esplanade, along Hatch Shell Circle
United States
42° 21' 25.8408" N, 71° 4' 27.048" W

Neighborhood:

Beacon Hill

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1958 / 1963

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Born in Mission Hill, Roxbury in 1901, Maurice J. Tobin became the youngest elected Massachusetts legislator. At 25 years of age, he began his political career in the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives. He later was elected Mayor of Boston, then became Governor, and finally was appointed Secretary of Labor under President Truman. During his tenure as Mayor, Tobin authored the Fair Employment Practices Bill, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, creed, or national origin. He also advocated for workers’ rights. Today, many Bostonians associate Tobin with the bridge named after him, which passes over Mystic River. This more personal commemoration shows Tobin dressed in a suit and clutching a briefcase, as if on his way to work. Seals representing Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States symbolize the three levels of government in which he served.

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