The John J. Burns Library occupies a grand neo-Gothic building on the leafy campus of Boston College. With its stone spires and stained glass, it looks very much like a church. The Jesuits who founded the university in 1863 did so to educate the children of poor immigrants who had fled the potato famine in Ireland. As Boston College grew and flourished over the next century and a half, it maintained close ties to the old country. With 250,000 volumes and some 16 million manuscripts, the Burns Library holds the most comprehensive collection of Irish political and cultural artifacts in the United States. The rarest and most valuable objects in the Burns Library are kept in a special enclosure known as the Treasure Room. It is a secure space, exactingly climate-controlled and outfitted with a state-of-the-art fire suppression system. The room is monitored by surveillance cameras and can be accessed only by entering a code on an electronic pad and turning a special key. The key must be … [Read more...] about Who killed Jean McConville? Did a secret archive at Boston College hold clues?
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Rochelle Riley Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 For people who don’t believe in God, suspend your disbelief for a moment. Because I need to tell you about how three black boys from three different cities all escaped dire circumstances to meet at Xavier University down in Louisiana and pledge to help each other become doctors. They say God brought them together and kept them together until the last one had graduated medical school, until the last rotation was completed, until they opened their own practices. Now, they help pay to educate young men and women who look like them, so they are not the last. If it sounds familiar, 16 years ago, three young black men formed a similar pact to do the same thing. The difference, these guys say, is there are still so few black doctors now that they’ve chosen to be living monuments to perseverance. Only about 5 percent of practicing physicians in 2015 were black, compared with a 13 percent … [Read more...] about Riley: Doctors overcame odds, want others in footsteps