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Massachusetts State House

Beacon Hill @ Park Street

The Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and built in 1798, remains one of the state'smost acclaimed architectural masterpieces. Coincidentally this was also the site of the Bridewell Prison, where numerous runaway indentured Irish servants were imprisoned in the 18th century.

The State House holds various items of Irish interest going back to the 18th century. There's a plaque to Jeremiah O'Brien, a privateer who waged war against the British Navy during the Revolutionary War. You'll find portraits of Irish-American governors, including James Sullivan, David I.Walsh, Maurice Tobin, Paul

Dever and Edward King, and portraits of other Irish-American officials. In Memorial Hall a Display of Irish Flags includes the original flags used by local Irish Regiments in the American Civil War, the 9th and 28th Regiments. Near Doric Hall is a plaque to Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, activist for women's and workers rights.

A life-size statue of President John F. Kennedy, created by artist Isabel McIlvain and unveiled in 1988, graces the front lawn of the State House on Beacon Street.

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