Lowell Monuments to Women
Here’s my list of monuments in Lowell that are dedicated to women. Hopefully there are some that I’ve missed because there are more than 600 monuments or things dedicated to people in the city so there is a definite gender imbalance.
Lowell Monuments to Women
Mary Bacigalupo Park – Shattuck Street – Named for Mary Bacigalupo (1942-2001). Led campaign to win Lowell All-America City status. Born in Lowell. Taught English and Social Studies in Lowell then was coordinator at Center for Field Services at UML School of Education. Also involved with CTI. Also in Human Services Corporation, Pollard Memorial Library, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Flowering City, Ladd and Whitney Monument rededication.
Bailey Elementary School – 175 Campbell Drive (Highlands) – Grades PreK to 4 – Building constructed in 1992. Named for Dr. Gertrude M. Bailey (1926-2021) a longtime teacher and principal in the Lowell public schools who retired in 1987.
Colleen Creegan Park – Arcand Drive & Fr. Morrisette Blvd (at Lowell High) – She died from a pre-existing medical condition while a student at Lowell High in the early 1990s (The school’s TV studio is also named for her).
Bette Davis House – 22 Chestnut St – Privately owned home with plaque to Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis (1908-1989) who was born there. She moved to New York City with her mother and younger sister in 1921 after her parents divorced. Eventually she moved to Hollywood for a career in film. She won Academy Awards for Best Actress in 1935 for Dangerous and in 1938 for Jezebel. Davis returned to Lowell several times.
Dubner Park – Rogers and Merrill St at Concord River – Named for Jolene Dubner, an environmental and community activist.
Mary R. Galotta Memorial Bench – grounds of Lowell Memorial Auditorium. For Mary R. Galotta (1918-2007) who was active in the Gold Star Wives of Lowell and of America for more than 60 years, serving as the New England President, National Vice President, and a member of the National Board of Directors. Mary’s husband, Edward J. Galotta, was killed in action on March 8, 1945 on Iwo Jima.
Lucy Ann Hill Tree on Lucy Larcom Park. Dedicated to Lucy Ann Hill (1831-1923). Small plaque in front of tree reads “1932. This Douglas Fir Tree Planted by The Education Club of Lowell in Memory of Lucy Ann Hill, Founder.” She was considered one of the country’s foremost educators of her day. She and her sister conducted an exclusive school for young women at 228 Worthen St. In 1890 a reading circle was formed and in 1892 the group changed itself to Educational and Industrial Union. Later known as the Education Club. It met at homes of members until 1912 when it met at YWCA where it still meets now. Lucy was first president from 1894 to 1908.
Homage to Women – Public art – Market Street – 1984 – By Mico Kaufman
Knott Park – 150 Douglas Rd – I’m pretty sure this is named for a woman but I haven’t researched it yet.
Lucy Larcom Park – Along Merrimack Canal from Merrimack Street to French Street – named for Lucy Larcom (1824-1893). Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Lucy came to Lowell at age 11 when her widowed mother became a boarding house keeper. Forced by economic necessity to forego school and work in the mills, Lucy still found time to write stories and poetry about her experience. She moved from Lowell at age 21 and became a teacher and writer.
Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School – 235 Powell St (Highlands) – Grades K to 6 – Building constructed in 1890. Named (I believe) for Laura E. Lee (1853-1906), a longtime teacher in the Lowell public schools.
McAuliffe Elementary School – 570 Beacon St (Centralville) – Grades PreK to 4 – Building constructed in 1993. Named for Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), a New Hampshire school teacher who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Murkland Elementary School – 350 Adams St (Acre) – Grades PreK to 4 – Building constructed in 1993. Named for Charlotte M. Murkland (1873-1961), a longtime teacher at and principal of the original Bartlett School.
Olga Nieves Park – 123 Adams Street – Born in Puerto Rico on 4/27/1952. Died in Lowell on 6/17/1987 age 35. Lived on Adams St. Survived by parents Eduardo and Marcolina Ramos Lopez and her husband Adolfo Nieves, two daughters and a son, all in Lowell public schools.
Rogers School aka STEM Academy – Highland Street – named for Edith Nourse Rogers (1881-1960) – After the sudden death of her husband, Congressman John Jacob Rogers, in 1925, Edith Nourse Rogers succeeded him in Congress and served there until her own death in 1960. Though a Republican, she was a strong supporter of Roosevelt’s New Deal. During World War Two, she sponsored the legislation that created the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAC) and helped draft the GI Bill which established financial and educational benefits for veterans.
Edith Nourse Rogers Portrait – in Lowell Memorial Auditorium Hall of Flags – Plaque reads “Edith Nourse Rogers, March 19, 1881 – September 10, 1960, Member of the House of Representatives, Massachusetts 5th District, 1925 – 1960, Mother of the G.I. Bill.”
Mary Ann Sanders Tyler Fountain at Tyler Park on Westford Street. Mary Ann Sanders Tyler (1823-1924) and her daughter Susan Emma Tyler (1852-1918) donated the land for Tyler Park to the city of Lowell in 1893. The park is named for the Tyler family but there is a granite drinking fountain inscribed to Mary Ann.
Stoklosa Middle School – 560 Broadway (Acre) – Grades 5 to 8 – Building constructed in 2005. Named for Kathryn M. Stoklosa (1927-1999) who served for many years on the Lowell School Committee.
Niki Tsongas Bridge – over the Pawtucket Canal in the Hamilton Canal District
Women Veterans Monument – Lowell Memorial Auditorium grounds – Dedicated on September 21, 1997 by the city of Lowell and the Greater Lowell Veterans Council. The monument honors the nearly two million women nationwide who have served in the military ranging from nurses and telephone operators in World War I to members of the combat arms today. The monument features the face of a woman service member framed by an American flag with the seals of the five branches of the military.
Working Women Monument – Market Street – co-located with the Homage to Women statue, this is a plaque affixed to a boulder. The plaque contains the names of numerous women active in Lowell civic and community affairs.