Local Spotlight: Frieda Garcia

Frieda Garcia at Frieda Garcia Park, 2013. Image courtesy of Maryellen Hassell

Frieda Garcia at Frieda Garcia Park, 2013. Image courtesy of Maryellen Hassell

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:

“In 2013, the city opened a new park on Stanhope St. What South Ender is this park named for?”

Did you know the answer? Frieda Garcia.

Here is a selection from Frieda Garcia’s profile in the book: “Born in the Dominican Republic, Frieda Garcia moved to New York City with her family at the age of eight. She relocated to Boston in 1965 and began working at the Roxbury Multi-Service Center. While there, Garcia noticed that Spanish-speaking communities were underserved by Boston social-service organizations. She responded in 1969 by joining the fledgling La Alianza Hispana (the Spanish Alliance), an organization that helps bring neighborhood and social services to Spanish-speaking people in the Boston area. Garcia went on to work for Governors Sargent and Dukakis and served on Dukakis’s judiciary nominating commission for four years.”

To learn more about Frieda Garcia and how she became involved in the South End, check out her profile on page 11 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

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