Statues & Monuments
City Hall Plaza, 1305 Hancock St. Dedicated in 2001, this life-size bronze statue of the “Atlas of Independence” was designed by sculptor Lloyd Lillie. (A second statue of John Adams can be found in Freedom Park on Burgin Parkway.)
Abigail Adams/John Quincy Adams:
Next to United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock St. Also designed by Lloyd Lillie, this handsome bronze statue depicts Abigail and her young son at about the ages they would have been when they witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill and the burning of Charlestown from the top of Penn’s Hill. Located across the street from the statue of John Adams, Abigail appears to gaze longingly at the husband from whom she was so often separated during their more than half a century of marriage.
Abigail Adams Cairn:
This stone cairn atop Quincy’s Penn’s Hill marks the spot where Abigail Adams and young John Quincy Adams watched the burning of Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The site is free and open to the public.
Crafted in 1925, the granite ball was a gift from the Granite Manufacturers Association to Quincy to celebrate Quincy’s 300th anniversary. Measuring 9.5 tons in size and 6 feet in diameter, it has been recorded by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as being “The World’s Most Nearly Perfect Sphere”!
Located in front of Adams Academy, 8 Adams Street. Erected to honor “the men of Quincy who served in the World War, 1917-1918.”
World War II Memorial Statue:
In front of City Hall, 1305 Hancock St. Dedicated on Veteran’s Day 2002, this statue honors both the men and women of Quincy who served in World War II.
Battle of the Bulge Monument:
McIntyre Mall (next door to City Hall), Hancock St. Honors those who fought in one of World War II’s fiercest battles.
Korean War Veterans Memorial:
Corner of Southern Artery and Hancock Street, near Veterans Memorial Stadium. Featuring a small courtyard area with benches, the monument is inscribed with the names of 38 Quincy natives who gave their lives in the Korean War.