Over the weekend, a South Boston resident witnessed a random act of kindness in the neighborhood and sent us the photo below.
Evidently, this gentleman was hired to paint a house near F and 8th. He told the resident that he always took his lunch in this area and noticed the condition of the statue of Mary. He decided she would use a little love and gave her a much-needed coat of paint.
The statue is located in Sister Mary Veronica Park on West 8th between F and Grimes streets. Back in the day, the students of St. Augustine’s School would crown her after first communion and for the May procession.
Sister Mary Veronica grew up on Loring Street, located one street over from the park. Her two sisters, Rita Graul and Ronnie Cobb raised their families on Grimes Street. (Thank you, Susan and Mae, for the info.)
A special thank you to Kristyna Cloherty for the main image and the scoop of the crowning.