The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, part of The Big Dig Project in Boston, is one of the widest cable-stayed bridges in the world. The Bridge serves as the
northern entrance to and exit from Boston. The Bridge is named after civil
rights activist Lenny Zakim and the American colonists who fought the British
in the Battle of
"The Commonwealth of
Massachusetts is setting a wonderful precedent in naming this bridge
after Lenny Zakim and the citizens who fought at the Battle of Bunker
Hill, I am proud that we are celebrating the ideals of patriotism,
freedom and diversity by dedicating this bridge in their honor. May this
remind us all of the difference that one person's decision to stand up
to injustice and fight for freedom, respect and diversity can make in
the lives of others and in the history of our nation."
Governor Jane Swift at 2002 Bridge
"The dedication of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge will showcase
the diversity and the unity of race, religion and personal background
that exists in Boston today because of the work of community leaders
like Lenny Zakim and because patriots fought long ago in Charlestown to
make our country independent."
Mayor Tom Menino at 2002 Bridge dedication.
"Lenny lived by the belief that each of us has a moral responsibility to
make the world a better, more inclusive and respectful place for all
people. He worked tirelessly to build personal bridges between our
city's diverse people and neighborhoods. He would be so proud to know
that this magnificent structure will stand as a symbol of unity, hope
and respect for all Bostonians,"
Joyce Zakim, wife of activist Lenny
Zakim at 2002 Bridge dedication.