Egleston Square Peace Garden
ESAC spearheaded the community effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Egleston Square from a venue for crime to the Egleston Square Peace Garden – a beautiful public park space for the entire neighborhood. The Egleston Square Peace Garden is supported by a collaboration of area residents and organizations including ESAC, Egleston Square Main Street, Egleston YMCA, St. Mary of the Angels, St. Mary of the Angels Peace Delegates, Urban Edge, Grace & Hope Mission and Rogerson Communities.
The Egleston Square Peace Garden is a community gathering place that has helped the neighborhood come together in celebration of community. The Peace Garden’s path of peace honors youth lost to violence and individuals from Egleston Square who worked for peace and social justice.
In 2004, the garden was named best community garden in Boston in Mayor Menino’s Garden Contest.
Serving as a backdrop for the Peace Garden is a sixty-foot mural on eighteen plywood panels entitled “Peace Throughout History”. Painted by talented young artists from the Boston area under the direction of Jamaica Plain artist Roberto Chao, the project took six months to complete. The uplifting and stylish mural recreates a universal theme of peace and creativity. The mural pays homage to individuals and communities who are working to build peace on our planet. Viewing the panels from the left to the right creates a vision of humanity’s vibrant search for utopia.