It was founded in the early 1600s, so we have a lot of history to boast about. Here are three interesting personages (as they say in the history biz) who lived in Jamaica Plain:
Pauline Agassiz Shaw (that’s her in the photo) started the public kindergarten movement, in 1877. There is a plaque honoring her achievements on the main street here.
Maud Cuney Hare was the foremost historian of black music of her time and lived in Jamaica Plain from 1904 until 1934. She wrote Negro Musicians and Their Music (1936), a comprehensive survey of black music.
Sylvia Plath, famed American poet, was born here in 1932 in Robinson Memorial Hospital. She is known for her angst-filled works of poetry.