In Boston's Downtown Crossing, where Washington Street and School Street meet at a plaza, is a circular brick feature with greenery that surrounds a memorial to those who suffered Ireland's Great Famine.
The memorial consists of two main statues, eight bronze plaques on podiums arranged in two groups of four, and a central bronze disk on the ground.
The two statues on rough granite bases are each of a family of three; each family obviously under different circumstances. One set (Dying of Hunger in the background) is of figures in depair, clothed in tattered clothing, and emaciated, two looking down and one looking up. The other set (The American Dream in the foreground) is of figures in better spirits, in clean and neat clothing, with two of them looking forward - and one looking back to the first family.
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