Salem Honors John Joseph Moakley

4/23/2004

Salem – “John Joseph Moakley: In Service to His Country,” a traveling exhibit drawn from the papers of the late Congressman, will be open to the public from Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30, 2004 at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Regional Visitors Center.

There will be a reception to mark the opening of the exhibit on Monday, April 26, at noon in the Visitors Center. U.S. Representative John F. Tierney, 6th District, Mayor of Salem Stanley J. Usovicz Jr., and John Deliso, Associate Dean, Suffolk University Law School will be in attendance to share their memories of the late, great Congressman Moakley.

Through photographs and papers, the exhibit illustrates the story of an urban youth’s evolution into a statesman, shaped by his upbringing, his service as a Seabee in World War II and his feeling for his constituents as he held elective office at the city, state and national levels.

Moakley was a caring, gregarious man who took to heart the maxim that “all politics is local,” yet his attention to local concerns led him to a role in international affairs. He became a peacemaker in El Salvador even while he worked to bring development, jobs and services to his congressional district. He paid personal attention to every detail; from a constituent’s missing Social Security check to job creation through economic development.

Congressman Moakley left his papers to his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School, where they are housed in the Moakley Library. The Moakley Archives are made up of correspondence, press releases, speeches, memorabilia, committee files, travel files, audio-visual materials, photographs and video. The Moakley Institute associated with the Archives promotes the Congressman’s legacy of public service.

The John Joseph Moakley traveling exhibit, which is open to the public free of charge, will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitors Center is located across from the Peabody Essex Museum.

After being on display at Suffolk University Law School, the John Joseph Moakley exhibit has traveled to various communities including Bridgewater, Hyannis, Malden and Norwood.

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