Providence mayoral portraits restored, on display

News Staff

The Associated Press

Thirty-two portraits of past Providence mayors are on display in City Hall now that work has been completed to restore more than a dozen of them.

City Archivist Paul Campbell says the portraits cover a 150-year period and are the most complete collection of mayoral portraits in the United States.

Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us), Council President Pro Tempore Terrence Hassett, City Clerk Anna Stetson and the Division of Archives helped raise more than $25,000 to do the work.

Nearly all the city's mayors have a portrait, including Samuel Bridgham, the first mayor, who served from 1832 to 1842. The final mayor with a portrait is Joseph Paolino Jr., who served from 1984 to 1991.

The two most recent mayors, Taveras and David Cicilline (sis-ihl-EE'-nee), do not have portraits.

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