Some bombing memorial items will keep at city archives

A woman writes a message at a memorial for victims in front of a sign thanking the Boston Police Department and other law enforcement near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings Credit: Reuters
A woman writes a message at a memorial for victims in front of a sign thanking the Boston Police Department and other law enforcement near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings
Credit: Reuters

Some of the countless memorial signs and items left along Boylston Street following last month’s deadly blasts will be kept in the city’s archive. 

City archivists took down some of the memorial signs, many of which are made of paper, Tuesday morning ahead of rain showers forecasted for tomorrow and later this week.

“The city and the mayor are very concerned about the preservation of this material. It’s a heartfelt outpouring on the part of the people, the city, everywhere,” John McColgan, the city’s archivist, told the Globe.

The memorials grew rapidly in the days following the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 others. They were initially located along metal barriers that blocked off the large crime scene on Boylston Street. However, when the street was finally reopened the items were moved to nearby Copley Square.

The collected items will be catalogued, photographed and stored in the city’s archives in West Roxbury. People can view them upon request.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


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