BY MIKE SULLIVAN via https://www.cbsnews.com/
ROXBURY – More than 200 portrait banners now line Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury. Their faces tell the story of Black female leaders in Boston.
“People understand and talk about Irish Boston, Italian Boston, with the Cabots, and the Lowells, and the Lodges but what about Black Boston?” said Ed Gaskin, Executive Director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, and the spearhead of the portrait project.
The art installation was originally supposed to have just six portraits before ballooning to 212. Originally, fundraisers didn’t understand the art installation itself, but then the Kraft Foundation jumped in to help fund the project.
“That shouldn’t have been a surprise because the Krafts are used to recognizing Hall of Fame players, and this is the Hall of Fame of Boston’s Black wom
The project now spans two miles from Seaver Street to Cottage Street. The women range from the first Black female police officer to legendary coaches.
“We were trying to be inclusive and trying do something different with the project than just the most powerful….