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SBD/February 16, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Stan Musial, Bill Russell Among Recipients Of Presidential Medal of Freedom
Published February 16, 2011
presented Presidential Medal of Freedom
FITTING THE BILL: Obama said that he "hopes Boston will build a statue" of Russell, "gently nudging the city to honor one of its greatest sports heroes and acknowledge its history of racial strife." In Boston, Michael Levenson notes "for years" Boston Mayor THOMAS MENINO, Celtics owners, Russell's former teammates and fans "have supported the idea of a statue, but it has never made it past the discussion stages." Menino said that Obama's endorsement "would kick-start efforts to raise the several hundred thousand dollars in private donations needed to build a statue and find an appropriate location, perhaps on Causeway Street in front of the TD Garden" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/16).