A crowd of several thousand beneath an oversized American flag gathered Saturday for the dedication of the new Hancock-Adams Common located between the James R. McIntyre Government Center (left) and United First Parish Church. The two-hour ceremony featured music by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Choral Society and the unveiling of bronze statues honoring two favorite sons, John Hancock and John Adams. Gov. Charlie Baker and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David McCullough helped unveil the two statues that book-end the new park space which was once a part of Hancock Street. Mayor Thomas Koch, the guiding force and visionary of the new common, served as master of ceremonies. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
New bronze statue of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first governor of Massachusetts, is unveiled during the Hancock-Adams Common dedication Saturday. From left are Ben Adams representing the Adams Memorial Society, sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David McCullough, Mayor Tom Koch, Gov. Charlie Baker and Cong. Stephen Lynch. The Hancock statue is located at the southern end of the common near Hancock Cemetery and Temple Street and Hancock Street. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Dignitaries stand with the John Hancock statue after its unveiling Saturday at the dedication of Hancock-Adams Common. From left: Ben Adams of the Adams Memorial Society, sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, Mayor Tom Koch, historian and author David McCullough, Gov. Charlie Baker and Cong. Stephen Lynch. Baker paid tribute to Hancock’s legacy during his remarks. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Statue honoring the common’s other namesake, John Adams, second President of the United States, is unveiled by historian and Adams biographer David McCullough and Mayor Tom Koch at Saturday’s dedication. Also admiring the bronze statue are from left Gov. Charlie Baker, Cong. Stephen Lynch and at the right are Ben Adams of the Adams Memorial Society and sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Dignitaries stand with the newly unveiled bronze statue of John Adams at Hancock-Adams Common. From left: Cong. Stephen Lynch, Gov. Charlie Baker, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and Adams biographer David McCullough, Mayor Thomas Koch, sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov and Ben Adams representing the Adams Memorial Society. McCullough, in his reflection of Adams during the ceremony, noted Adams was not a slave owner unlike other Founding Fathers and was the author of the Massachusetts Constitution, the oldest such state document in the country, which was written in Quincy.
Howitzers fire a volley during the 1812 Overture capping off Saturday’s glorious and patriotic Hancock-Adams Common dedication in Quincy Center. In the background is one of two water fountains featured in the new park. More coverage of the dedication in next week’s Quincy Sun.