THE BOSTON IRISH FAMINE MEMORIAL intersects the city’s Freedom Trail and Irish Heritage Trail. Unveiled in June 1998, the Memorial has been viewed by millions of residents, visitors and students, who have gained an historical perspective of one of the worst famines in human history, while learning an appreciation of the Boston Irish story. The sculpture depicts two Irish families; one starving and emaciated while combating famine in Ireland, and another well-nourished Irish family thriving, having found prosperity in the United States. The memorial also features eight narrative plaques that provide historical context for the Irish famine as well as famines in modern times in Africa and other places.