Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the
Vatican, was honored this week by state and city officials and dozens of
local school children.
The children, representing the Laboure Center, South Boston Boys and Girls Club, South Boston Catholic Academy, South Boston Community Health Center and the South Boston Arts Association, painted a life-sized mural of Flynn overlooking
The ceremony took place at the Cruiseport Boston Black Falcon facility operated by Massport, as part of the Cruiseport Boston Week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the facility, which was opened two years after Flynn became Mayor of Boston.
Massport CEO Tom Glynn praised Flynn for preserving the
South Boston waterfront and bringing it back to active
use. As a youth, Flynn worked on the docks as a Longshoreman alongside his
father and father-in-law.
The students painting the murals were instructed by South Boston artist and watercolorist Dan McCole, who is also co-founder and president of the South Boston Arts Association.
When Cruiseport Boston first opened it 1986, it welcomed 13 cruise ships and 11.723 passengers. This year, the terminal will welcome 114 ships and 320,000 passengers, according to Massport.