Boston - Faneuil Hall: Mayor Kevin White Statue - 1972 Inaugural Address
"If urban life is to have a new birth of greatness, let it be said that the renaissance began in Boston" - January 3, 1972, Inaugural Address"
One of Boston's most beloved and influential mayors, Kevin White was immortalized with a larger-than-life 10-foot bronze statue, unveiled along Congress Street between a statue of Samuel Adams and two statues of another legendary mayor, James Michael Curley, that White himself dedicated, at Fanueil Hall on November 1, 2006.
Dedicated by Mayor Thomas Menino, Pablo Eduardo's sculpture depicts White walking away from City Hall, his right foot forward, his tie wrinkled, and a jacket thrown over his left shoulder. Footsteps leading up to the statue are imprinted in the ground, and quotes from each of his four inaugural speeches (1968, 1972 (pictured here), 1976, 1980) are engraved in stonework nearby.
Kevin Hagan White was the longest-serving Mayor of Boston, from 1968 to 1984. His successful run, at age 38, in 1967 was based on a populist platform highlighted by support for rent control. White unsucessfully ran for Governor of Massachusetts against Republican Frank Sarent in 1970. In 1972, he was a front runner for the Democratic Party's vice-presidential nomination, but the offer was withdrawn after Ted Kennedy and economist John Kenneth Galbraith voiced their opposition. In the 1970's White presided over the public school segregation controversy and the revitalization of dotnwon, culminating with the reopening of Quincy Market in 1976.