Today we remember our namesake, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who would have been celebrating her 126th birthday today! The Greenway Parks were named after Rose, who was born and raised in Boston, as a way to honor the many accomplishments of her life.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on July 22, 1890 in the North End. She is remembered nationally and internationally as an author, activist, philanthropist and the matriarch of the Kennedy family. She was the mother of accomplished children, including President John F. Kennedy, US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice K. Shriver, Founder of the Special Olympics, and Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” M. Kennedy. Rose Kennedy encouraged her children to lead active lives, to study and to contribute to society in every possible way. She inspired their interest in history, politics, geography, arts, and culture.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy is a beloved Boston icon for her charity, character, and spirit. Her legacy lives on with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway – a space in Boston that links the city’s rich historical past with a bold vision for the future.