Norwood Honors John Joseph Moakley


Traveling Exhibit Traces Bread-and-Butter Politician’s Evolution Into International Statesman

NORWOOD – “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 on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm at the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building (Memorial Hall).

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.

A fine example of his efforts is how Moakley helped the Norwood residents reduce their water and sewer bills by funding billions of federal dollars for the Boston Harbor Clean Up (i.e. MWRA), and how tirelessly he worked throughout his career to help numerous small and large businesses in Norwood.

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 at the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building (Memorial Hall) from Tuesday, April 22 through Tuesday, May 27, 2003 during the following times: Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. The Municipal Building is closed on the weekend.

There will be a reception to mark the opening of the exhibit on Monday, April 28, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Memorial Hall. Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Marion Walsh and Representative John Rogers will be in attendance to share their memories of the late, great Congressman Moakley.
For more information please contact the Mass Strategy Group at (781) 828-9930.

For more information please contact:
Coleen Burgess/Sheila Hill at Mass Strategy Group (781-828-9930) or
Tony Ferullo at Suffolk University (617-573-8448)

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