JP A to Z: N is for Nobel Peace Prize #AtoZChallenge #JamaicaPlain

N is for Nobel Peace Prize

Jamaica Plain is home to a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, although you have to know where to look for any evidence of the fact.  Emily Greene Balch (1867-1961) taught economics at Wellesley College for many years but when she became an outspoken opponent of the United States involvement in the Great War, Wellesley terminated her contract. From this point forward she dedicated her life to the international peace movement and was a prominent leader in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).  For her efforts she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.

Emily Greene Balch, Jamaica Plain’s Nobel laureate.
There’s a plaque on the garage marking Emily Greene Balch’s home, but it’s hard to read from the street.
On Jamaica Pond, near Balch’s house, there’s a bench with a secret.
Zoom in on that plaque near the bench and you might be able to read a tribute to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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