Two Boston City officials recently announced their plans to celebrate the legacy of former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond Flynn, reports The Boston Globe.
Speaking with reporters at Flynn's 75th birthday last week in South Boston, Councilor Stephen J. Murphy said "He was a good mayor, and he continues to be a good human being.”
Murphy and City Council president Bill Linehan want to construct a memorial or statue to honor Flynn, who served as mayor from 1984 to 1993.
If a memorial is granted, Flynn, who was known for his advocacy on behalf of the poor, would join a list of other Irish-American mayors who have been immortalized in Boston city including James Michael Curley, and John B. Hynes.
Mayor John B. Hynes’s name was bestowed on the convention center located on Boylston Street and a short distance away from Faneuil Hall, Mayor James Michael Curley is represented in a bronze statue.
The humble former mayor said in a previous interview with reporters “Politics for me was never about money or power."
However Murphy believes the time has come to recognize Flynn, telling reporters “We have to find something appropriate for Mayor Flynn to celebrate his legacy.”