Granite marker bearing Kennedy quote a mystery in R.I.

Newport residents are trying to solve a mystery of how an 800-pound granite marker engraved with a quote by President John F. Kennedy ended up outside the local Boys & Girls Club. The quote from Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration speech says, ‘‘My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you. But what together we can do for the freedom of man.’’ It follows the more famous line that begins, ‘‘Ask not what your country can do for you.’’ Local stone carver John ‘‘Bud’’ Benson told The Newport Daily News that the marker was a sample he made for the Kennedy family under a contract for memorial plaques for Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

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