Commodore John Barry Plaque

Boston Common, along Tremont Street

Born in County Wexford, John Barry (1745-1803) was a naval hero in the Revolutionary War, winning the first and last battle of the war against the British. George Washington named him to create the first US Navy, and Barry is widely considered the Father of the American Navy.

This memorial, by sculptor John Paramino, was unveiled by Mayor James Curley in 1949. Vandals stole the bronze plaque in the 1970's and a granite replacement replaced it The original plaque was later retrieved by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and is now at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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