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ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE POWER OF PROTEST 50 YEARS AFTER HIGHWAY DEFEAT

By Chris Lisinski
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 25, 2019.....Fifty years to the day after thousands of protesters rallied at the State House to oppose a highway expansion that would have cut through the greater Boston area, veterans of that movement and other activists returned Friday to mark the anniversary.

An event marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 protest against the Inner Belt highway system drew a crowd ranging from 78-year-old Chuck Turner (lower right), one of the original protest leaders, to freshmen state lawmakers. [Photo: Chris Lisinski/SHNS]

Attendees gathered in front of the Grand Staircase for a ceremony honoring the 1969 protest, known as the "People Before Highways Day." The protest and subsequent efforts successfully blocked the so-called Inner Belt and Interstate 95 construction projects that had been proposed as part of a sweeping federal highway update.


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