Fred Durso

Boston street renamed to commemorate the historic Cocoanut Grove Fire

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Dec 2, 2013

Cocoanut Grove Lane
Crowds braved the morning chill on November 30 during a ceremony in Boston honoring the 492 people who died as a result of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942.Taking place on the street where the building once stood, the ceremony convened city officials, neighborhood advocates, survivors, and survivors' families to officially rename the small thoroughfare "Cocoanut Grove Lane." 

Survivors at the event--some gripping canes, others in wheelchairs--discussed the significance of the incident, which is still considered the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. For the 70th anniversary of the fire last year, NFPA launched the Cocoanut Grove Coalition, which aims to collect and conserve the event's stories and artifacts. (Read the feature story in NFPA Journal on how the coalition came to be.)

Here are some photos from the event. Keep your eyes peeled for a story on the ceremony in an upcoming issue of NFPA Journal. 

Survivor board
Attendees perused the names of the 492 people who lost their lives from the fire.
Sign unveiling
City officials unveiling the new road sign.

Road sign

Amazing Grace
Members of the Boston Police Department Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums perform "Amazing Grace."