John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial
Before he arrived in Boston in 1870, John Boyle O’Reilly was arrested and sentenced to 20 years of servitude for his crimes against Britain as part of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. O’Reilly eventually escaped to Boston and quickly became a prominent figure in the area. As a journalist, lecturer, and poet, O’Reilly was a spokesman for Irish sentiment in Boston. A bronze statue of O’Reilly has stood on Boylston Street since its dedication in 1896.