Mayor Walsh, Office for Immigration Advancement unveil East Boston "To
Immigrants with Love"
||BOSTON - Friday, August 25, 2017 - Mayor
Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement
unveiled a mural yesterday completed in collaboration with the Mayor's
Mural Crew as part of the "To Immigrants With Love" public art campaign.
The event was held during the Summer Block Party at the Boston
Centers for Youth and Families Paris Street Community Center. The mural
pays tribute to the generations of immigrants who have not only made
Boston their home, but the thriving city it is today.
a city that embraces its rich immigrant history and the immigrant
residents who continue to contribute to our neighborhoods," said Mayor
Walsh. "East Boston is a neighborhood that has served as a gateway for
immigrants who have come to our city from across the globe. This mural
celebrates two of the many people who have added to the immigrant legacy
in this neighborhood and Boston as a whole."
The mural subjects
were in attendance and presented with certificates of recognition from
Mayor Walsh. Veronica Robles, originally from Mexico, was recognized for
her commitment and cultural influence to the city of Boston.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that embracing my immigrant
story would bring me this great honor," said Veronica Robles. "But my
story is everyone's story, and this mural represents a whole community."
The Scire Family was also recognized in honor of mural subject,
Carmello Scire, for their continued service to East Boston for over 75
Carmello is originally from Sicily and moved to Boston in
the early 1930's. Carmello's grandson, Stephen Scire, continues to run
the family business Sammy Carlo's Delicatessen and Catering on
Bennington Street, an establishment that has been in East Boston for
over 75 years.
"Carmello had the opportunity to work in the midst
of his community where many had the same struggles as he did," said
Stephen Scire. "So when you see his portrait on that wall, don't just
see Carmello; see neighbors and friends, past and present, and realize
that we are part of something much bigger."
The mural features a
quote by Mayor Walsh from when he participated in the original "To
Immigrants With Love" letter writing campaign by Define American and I
Am An Immigrant that reads "You will always be welcome in the City of
The quote is also translated into Spanish and Italian
to pay tribute to the mural subjects' heritage, as well as East Boston's
immigrant history. Attendees joined the campaign by writing their own
message of support on "To Immigrants With Love" postcards.
mural in East Boston is one of two that were implemented in the "To
Immigrants With Love" public art campaign.
Another mural was
recently completed at Atlas Wine and Liquors in Roslindale. Atlas was
first established as White's Super Market by Russian immigrant, Louis
White, when he arrived in Boston. Following Prohibition, the store
transformed into Atlas Liquors which is still run by Louis' family. A
mural unveiling for Roslindale as well as a "Love Your Block" Community
Clean Up is planned for September 30th, 2017.
About the Mayor's
The Mayor's Mural Crew, a youth employment program that
transforms overlooked areas in the city into vibrant cultural landmarks,
is painting the murals. Led by artist Heidi Schork for the past 26
years, the Mayor's Mural Crew has long served as a way for youth to
engage with their own community, as well as develop professional skills.
About the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA)
Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement works to ensure the full
participation of immigrants within the civic, economic, social and
cultural life of Boston. Every year, MOIA assists over 2,000 residents
by connecting them to English language classes, helping them obtain
citizenship application assistance, facilitating access to city
services, and providing accurate information about immigration laws,
which helps immigrants contribute socially and economically to the city.
For more information go to: www.boston.gov/immigrants or call
Source: Mayor's Press Office, August 25, 2017