Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Lafayette Mall
Erected by the city of Boston 1924 He laid the corner-stone of Bunker Hill Monument June 17, 1825
"Heaven saw fit to ordain that the electric spark of liberty should be conducted through you from the New World to the Old"
Erected 1924 by City of Boston.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1846.
Location. 42° 21.343′ N, 71° 3.772′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Tremont Street, on the right when traveling south. This simple memorial to Marquis de Lafayette, is located in Parkman Plaza, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commodore John Barry (within shouting distance of this marker); Power System of Boston’s Rapid Transit, 1889 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boston Common (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Boston Common (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Boston Common (about 400 feet away); Park Street Church (about 400 feet away); Tragic Events (about 600 feet away); James Otis (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
More about this marker. This bronze plaque was designed by John Francis Paramino, 1888/89-1956, sculptor and created by the Gorham Manufacturing Company foundry. It bears the likeness of Lafayette in relief.
Regarding The Lafayette Mall. Lafayette was just nineteen when he presented himself for service in the cause of the American Revolution in 1777. First refused by the Continental Congress, he became a close friend of General George Washington, upon recommendation of Benjamin Franklin. Eventually Lafayetee did command American forces against the British and the Hessians, gaining alliances among the Oneida Tribe, and successfully recruiting further military commitments from the French. Among his most significant battles was the Siege of Yorktown which resulted in the surrender of Gen. Cornwallis.
After the war, Lafayette returned to France where he became a leading figure in the French Revolution and
Subsequent trips to the United States brought him enthusiastic receptions and honors. Honorary degrees, towns named in his honor, and honorary U.S. citizenship for him and his heirs.
When he died in Paris on May 20, 1834, this orphan from a wealthy aristocratic family, was buried under soil from Bunker Hill, gathered by his son, Georges Washington Lafayette.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.