“Create a Just Society,” The John Christoforo Memorial Windows
Dedicated December 26, 1999
Designed and painted by James Francis Smith of Burlington, Mass.,
Fabricated by the Burnham LaRoche Associates of Medford
© Melrose Public Library

The center John Christoforo Memorial window, “Create A Just Society” treats of the unfinished struggle to assure that individuals and groups of people will continue to have an opportunity to grow and prosper in the society they create. Our Constitution, arguably America’s greatest gift to history, is shown at its inception during the Constitutional Convention. Benjamin Franklin may be identified among the trio debating the details as Franklin, who inspired our tradition of public libraries, holds the document bearing the all-important first words of its preamble.