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Old State House, Boston

Boston College Law School Photo Mural

This is my photograph of the original Massachusetts State House, which was built in 1713. It was the site of many significant events leading up to the Revolutionary War, including the Boston Massacre in 1770.

The handwriting in the background is from the diary of John Adams, who would become second president of the United States, but was at this time a young lawyer just getting a start in his profession. Adams’s entry is from February 24, 1761.

The project: Boston College Law School wanted to show students how the actions of individuals and groups had influenced the growth of the American legal system, inspiring in them the desire to positively affect the world during their own careers.

The murals show places where significant events in legal history had occurred, in both the U.S. and in the U.K. (the American system being largely based on British law).

More than a dozen color murals, ranging in size from 4 x 6 feet to 6 x 16 feet, are mounted in permanent locations throughout the school. I worked with Dean Daniel Coquillette and law school faculty members to write detailed captions for display next to each mural.


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