Russell's family made the announcement today of the death of the Celtics star, the first Black coach of a professional North American team and a civil-right activist for whom Boston built a statue outside City Hall. Read more.
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Both Red Auerbach and, across Cambridge Street, Bill Russell, were observing Boston's new outside masks policy today, Greg Cook discovered. Mayors Curley and White are also now masked.
Jeannette Andre photographed Bill Russell at the unveiling of his statue outside City Hall today.
This wasn't Russell's first viewing of the statue, though. On Wednesday, he and President Obama took a look:
The Boston Public Library has posted a ton of Leslie Jones basketball photos, including a number of Celtics photos, such as this one of Bill Russell at Fenway in September, 1962 and this one of Bob Cousy with the ball in a 1950s game at the Garden against the Knicks.
WBZ reports the Bill Russell statue will be built in City Hall Plaza, just up the steps from the Red Auerbach statue in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The Herald reports. The mayor agrees, wants to put it on Causeway Street (but presumably not where it would look like Bobby Orr's about to tackle him).
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