Was there a hidden connection in the street name?

The site in south Boston where two Quaker missionaries were hanged less than a month after visiting Dover, New Hampshire, was eventually christened – get this – Dover Street.

The street was later renamed.

Another of the four who died on the gallows there had also apparently visited Dover a year or two earlier.

Who made the decision – and why? They couldn’t be that oblivious, could they?

Once the surrounding water was filled in, the street came to have a long history of immigrants and seedy characters, perhaps doomed by its bloody past, before part of the neighborhood was razed for the urban renewal that brought the Boston Herald newspaper plant and later removed the elevated subway station after the Orange Line was rerouted to the west in 1987.

Today it’s known as East Berkeley Street, hoping for a new image.

Check out my new book, Quaking Dover, available in your choice of ebook platforms at Smashwords.com.

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