Boston Civil Rights Leader Stabbed In Franklin Park

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Jean McGuire, a local civil rights leader and the first Black woman on the Boston School Committee, was the 91-year-old woman stabbed in Franklin Park on Tuesday night.

Boston Police would not confirm the woman's identity, but did say a 91-year-old was attacked along Playstead Park at about 8:30 PM on Tuesday. They responded to a call for an unconscious person in Franklin Park, and found the woman had been stabbed several times.

Police said she was walking her dog in the area when she was attacked. The woman was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Police said the stabber may have also been injured in the incident.

McGuire ran the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) for 43 years — the organization works to integrate Boston-Area schools. She was the first Black woman elected to the Boston School Committee, in 1981.

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