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Immortalizing Raymond L. Flynn’s mayoral legacy

Globe Staff

The dashing personality of Mayor Kevin H. White is immortalized in a larger-than-life statue outside Faneuil Hall. A few steps away, a potbellied Mayor James Michael Curley is represented in bronze.

Mayor John B. Hynes’s name was bestowed on the Back Bay convention center. And an oversized portrait of Mayor John F. Collins looms over City Hall Plaza.

Mayor Raymond L. Flynn may be next. Flynn celebrated his 75th birthday at a party in his native South Boston on Sunday, and two city councilors at the fete announced an effort to commemorate Flynn, who held office from 1984 to 1993.

City Council president Bill Linehan and Councilor Stephen J. Murphy are creating a commission to find a location for a statue or other monument recognizing Flynn’s contribution to the city.


“He was a good mayor, and he continues to be a good human being,” Murphy said. “We have to find something appropriate for Mayor Flynn to celebrate his legacy.”

It was Flynn who pushed for the statue of Curley, which stands outside City Hall. But Flynn said in an interview he had never really thought about a statue of himself. “Politics for me was never about money or power. I left City Hall with none of that,” Flynn said. “But I was happy that I could help bring people together and unite the city. That’s good enough for me.”