El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador as a Traveling Exhibit

5/13/2004

El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador will debut as a traveling exhibit of Suffolk University's John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute on Monday, May 24 at Elms College in Chicopee.

There will be a reception to mark the opening of the exhibit on Tuesday, May 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Borgia Art Gallery. U.S. Representative Richard Neal, 2nd District, Elms College. Acting President The Reverend Mark S. Stelzer, S.T.D.; Gerard Doherty, Suffolk University Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Elms College; and John Deliso, Associate Dean, Suffolk University Law School will be in attendance.

The exhibit will be on display at the Borgia Art Gallery, Mary Dooley Art Center, 291 Springfield St., Chicopee, through July 15.

El Congresista: Joe Moakley en Salvador focuses on El Salvador, the civil war and the conflict's impact on the Salvadoran people through photographs and documents drawn from the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute. The exhibit explores the late congressman's growing involvement with Salvadoran refugees and citizens during a period when the United States, fearing a leftist takeover, poured funds into Salvadoran military operations. Moakley fought to improve immigration conditions, then led a Congressional investigation into the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women at the University of Central America in San Salvador. When his probe revealed that the murders had been directed from the upper levels of the Salvadoran armed forces, Congress cut off military funding. Moakley's efforts led directly to a U.N. peace accord and democratic elections in El Salvador.

Moakley's friendship with the Salvadoran people did not end when peace accords were signed in 1992. The exhibit shows his efforts to bolster democracy in a country wasted by civil war and how Moakley's foray into U.S. foreign policy reverberates today.

The John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute at Suffolk University was established by Suffolk University in 2001 upon Congressman Moakley's gift of his papers. It is dedicated to the preservation, study, interpretation and celebration of the late congressman's legacy of service and political and public policy leadership.

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