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The quotes included in the artwork were all spoken or written by Dorchester residents, from 1630 to the present. For example, the small bronze which features a Dorchester Triple Decker is encircled by the following quotes: “The smell of Nana’s cooking came from downstairs.” (Resident, 1972), “I was born in the apartment upstairs.” (Resident 1956), and “We moved because I could no longer afford to stay.” (Former Resident, 2006)


The bricks at Edward Everett Square continue to share Dorchester voices and tell the history of local residents. We love what they say about our community!


“Edward Everett’s Square’s history deserves celebration. We want it cast in bronze so it will never be lost again.”

John McColgan, Chairman, Edward Everett Square Committee, 2010


Community Engagement The Artwork Dedication Slide Show: Community Engagement Slide Show:
The Artwork
Community Engagement


The public art component at Edward Everett Square was envisioned as a way to inspire greater appreciation of the history of Dorchester and to celebrate the life experiences of residents from early native peoples to contemporary residents. Working closely with the Edward Everett Square Committee and the Dorchester Historical Society, artist Laura Baring-Gould collaborated with civic groups and schools to understand the legacy of human aspiration, activism and hope, which has been a dominant theme in Dorchester history. Public participation was sought through oral history seminars, school workshops, public meetings and parades.

Throughout the six years of research and community engagement, the project provided an exciting opportunity for many to transform their understanding of place, human capacity and history.

The end result of this public art process was not only a radical physical transformation of the Square, but also community-wide renewal of historic connection and appreciation. Community residents continue to be involved in taking care of the Square and maintaining the artworks. The sculptures, especially the 12’ Clapp Pear, have become local landmarks, used frequently in local media and community bulletins. Inspired by local experience and expertise, the work now adds to the value and character of the community.