She may be gone but she is certainly not forgotten. Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald (1890-1995), who held the Kennedy family together through tragedy and triumph for much of the 20th century, is permanently enshrined along
The mother of President John F. Kennedy, Rose was the daughter of Mayor John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the wife of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy, the mother of nine children - including an American president, two more senators, an ambassador and a war hero - and the grandmother of 30 children. A highly educated woman of zest and curiosity, she led a rich and eventful life, becoming a public figure on the world stage for much of the 20th century, and relying upon her faith to get her through her later heartache.
two public parks bear her name, and bear witness to the love and affection
Bostonians had for her in her life and after she died.
The Rose KennedyGarden, located on
Avenue, is not far from Rose’s birthplace at 4 Garden Court in
the North End. A small enclosed rose
garden, encircled by an iron wrought fence, with a granite fountain as the
centerpiece, it is part of Christopher
which runs along the waterfront and looks out onto .
The Garden was officially dedicated on
July 22, 1987 by Rose’s family, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who called
his mother “the greatest teacher and most wonderful mother that any child could
ever have.” Boston Harbor
has 104 rose bushes, one for every year of Rose’s life. Rose
The Rose FitzgeraldKennedy Greenway is a new and evolving boulevard of parks, hotels, restaurants, cultural institutions and tourist amenities that has helped make Boston’s waterfront area a bustling new destination for both residents and visitors.
The 27 acre swath of Greenway once lay beneath the unsightly and noisy Central Artery, a four lane, mile and a half highway built in the 1950s. When the highway finally came down, the greenway began to take shape, connecting the city’s waterfront to the rest of downtown.
Since opening in 2008, the Greenway has become one of the city’s most popular public spaces, drawing office workers, tourists, students, conventioneers and local residents to enjoy its sweeping vistas and friendly amenities. With a magnificent Carousel, public art, water fountains, concerts, food courts, Wi-Fi access and well-tended gardens, the Greenway serves its mission of being an urban oasis that is free and open to all.
Neighbors along the Greenway, including Boston Harbor Hotel and InterContinental Boston Hotel, have been great partners in ensuring access to the wharfs and harbor walkway that encircles the harbor.
Rose Kennedy is officially enshrined in law too. Some years ago, the
Massachusetts legislature passed a bill
proclaiming her birthday, July 22 as “Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Day” in the
To find more about her Rose’s life, visit the John F.Kennedy National Historic Site in
the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at Columbia Point in Dorchester. The Library recently issued a book, Rose Kennedy’s Family Album, which traces
her life from 1878-1946 and has wonderful photos of the Kennedy family.
Rose Kennedy Garden
is the first stop on Boston’s
Irish Heritage Trail, a walking tour of twenty landmarks that tell three
centuries of Boston Irish history. The
Trail winds its way through downtown Boston and
into the Back Bay, then ends at Fenway Park.
(This story appeared in the Irish Echo newspaper)