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Mass. officials reopen JFK statue at Statehouse

January 20, 2011

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BOSTON—Statehouse visitors are again able to get a close-up look at a statue of the late President John F. Kennedy.

State officials marked the 50th anniversary of his inauguration on Thursday by allowing tour groups to resume visits to the statue sitting on a plaza beneath the governor's office.

The plaza and other extrances to the building were closed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Governors since have expressed interest in reopening the site, doing so only briefly after Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died in 2009.

Now, tourists will be able to visit, but only if they are with an official Statehouse tour. Casual visitors will not be allowed.