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Granary Burying Ground, a historic cemetery established in 1660, is the final resting place of many notable figures of the American Revolution. Besides famous patriots such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, the graves of the Boston Massacre victims (and Elizabeth "Mother" Goose herself) are among the more renowned in the graveyard. Located on the Freedom Trail across from the Park Street Church, this cemetery is a piece of Boston's varied history, and worth a visit. Wander the haphazard rows and see if you can recognize some of the thousands of names.
Quite possibly the city's most exclusive library, you'll find one of the most valuable book collections in the world, in this architecturally stunning building. Established in 1907 by the Boston Anthology Society, this is one of the oldest libraries. Exhibitions, concerts, seminars are regularly organized at the Boston Athenaeum. Though it is open only to members, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3p reserved tours for non-members are available for part of the library. The collections located here gave rise to the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Located near historic Faneuil Hall, this plaza honors one of Boston's old-time city bosses, James Michael Curley. Curley's notorious exploits and scrapes with the legal system spawned many a local legend. So relax in the plaza, perhaps while reading a copy of Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah, believed to be a fictional account of Mayor Curley's life.
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial is a well-known and frequently visited monument in Boston Common. It is dedicated to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and was sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The sculpture depicts him on horseback with the 54th Regiment, the first African-American, all-volunteer regiment in the Union Army. Shaw died in Fort Wagner in 1863 and a monument was commissioned in 1883, then completed in 1897.