editorial | COCOANUT GROVE FIRE
Cocoanut Grove fire deserves a more prominent memorial
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ghastly fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, a few anonymous but history-minded people left flowers this week atop a plaque in a sidewalk in Bay Village. There wasn’t a better way to observe the occasion. Installed along Piedmont Street in 1993, the plaque is Boston’s main memorial to the 492 people who died in the fire. It doesn’t fully capture the depth of the tragedy or its sweeping implications in subsequent years.