John E. Powers

William J. Day Boulevard

As president of Massachusetts State Senate in the 1950s, John E. Powers, who was once described as "South Boston personified?" First elected as state representative (1939-46), and then state senate (1947-64), Powers was the first Democrat to be elected senate president (1959-64). Powers helped to create Pleasure Bay, a 170 acre lagoon encircled by a pedestrian walkway that runs alongside South Boston's coastline overlooking Dorchester Bay, leading right to Castle Island.

Stephen F. Lynch and John A. Hart, Jr., led the process to place a plaque at Pleasure Bay acknowledging Powers' great service to Boston.

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