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The idea of rehabilitating Edward Everett Square was first raised at a Dorchester crime watch meeting on Annapolis Street in early 1995.


“Everyone needs a place to call home. Our home, this place we call Dorchester, is part of our lives and its value can be richer when we know its history.”

Earl Taylor, President,
Dorchester Historical Society, 2010


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In 1995 Dorchester residents conceived a vision to reclaim for Edward Everett Square not only pedestrian safety and beauty, but also its historic significance expressed through public art.

By 2007 much of the goal had been achieved. Significant tracts of asphalt were reclaimed for pedestrian use, while streetlights, traffic islands, signals and crosswalks were redesigned. Flowerbeds were constructed and now grace the intersection with elms and several species of shrubs and perennials. And the magnificent “Dorchester Clapp Pear” sculpture stands emblematic of the abundance and tenacity of Dorchester’s citizens and history.

“Dorchester Voices / Dorchester History”, ten additional smaller sculptures installed in the fall of 2010, complement the Clapp Pear statue. These pieces, always part of the original public art plan, commemorate specific aspects of Dorchester history and community experience. With the completion of the art the vision now focuses more intensely on Edward Everett Square as an important cultural asset for the City.