Jesse Brackenbury Picks His Best Bostonians of All Time

The executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy shares his top picks—all Greenway-themed.

We’re asking prominent locals who they think are the Best Bostonians of all time. Below, Jesse Brackenbury shares his picks. Play along by voting in our online game.

Jesse Brackenbury

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Zipporah Potter Atkins

“Boston’s first African-American landowner (male or female) in 1670, and daughter of a slave. Her home was in an area that is now the Greenway’s North End Park.”

Charlie Baker

“72nd Massachusetts governor and founding board member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.”

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Philanthropist and namesake of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.”

Frederick Law Olmsted

“Forefather of landscape architecture and designer of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.”

Frederick Salvucci

“Former Massachusetts transportation secretary and champion of Big Dig open space requirements that led to the Greenway.”


Whom would you choose? Help us pick the Best Bostonians of all time.