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Me & Mrs. Jones

Posted by Jim Botticelli  November 20, 2013 05:25 PM

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The mother of Frank A. Jones plants one on a statue in Back Bay
Photo from Frank A. Jones

It was in 1957 that the mother of our Facebook page member Frank A. Jones, apparently an iconoclast of sorts, decided to plant a kiss on a very stern looking visage on a statue that apparently resides on the Commonwealth Avenue Esplanade. Boston is known for having statues of very stern men from very long ago. Best guess is that Mrs. Jones wanted to lighten the feeling from a deluge of Back Bay sternness and is captured doing just that!

After interest in the identity of the statue emerged following the posting, responses trickled in. "Exactly where and who it is, I don't recall," confessed Dennis M. Miller, ex DOB-type now living in Florida. "Evidently some stubborn old coot."

We seconded Miller's emotion until we got a moment of clarity from another post that came in shortly thereafter.

"William Lloyd Garrison, hardcore anti-slavery leader," opined Jared Eigerman, who emerged as the closest Someone came to Knowing. "Nearly lynched for speaking out. Widely hated, but brave as hell."

In our 20/20 hindsight we offer two questions. Was Mrs. Jones really an iconoclast? Or was she merely expressing her admiration in her own way for an icon?

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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