BOSTON (WHDH) — Dorchester activists gathered Thursday to pay a special tribute to Jean McGuire, the 91-year-old civil rights activist and founder of the METCO program, who was stabbed to death while walking her dog earlier this week.
They want to name a new community center in Dorchester after McGuire, which will be built on vacant city-owned land. Executives said their decades of dedication to improving the city deserved recognition.
“Let’s name this center after our freedom fighter Jean McGuire,” said one speaker. “Let us show (her) honor and respect.”
McGuire was the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston School Committee and was instrumental in implementing a bus program to desegregate Boston schools.
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