Suffolk University's Adams Gallery presents El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador


For more information, please contact:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

BOSTON, MA -- As El Salvador marks the fourteenth anniversary of the Jesuit murders that led to the end of its civil war and revelations about U.S. involvement in military repression, the Adams Gallery at Suffolk University Law School presents El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador.
The exhibit focuses on El Salvador, the civil war and the conflict’s impact on the Salvadoran people through photos and documents drawn from the John Joseph Moakley Archive. El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador 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 exhibit will open November 14, following a day-long symposium that will unite members of Moakley’s investigative team, the former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, activists and scholars. The symposium will culminate in the presentation of the first annual John Joseph Moakley Humanitarian Award.

El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador will be at the Adams Gallery, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, November 14, 2003, to February 29, 2004. For more information on the exhibit, visit the Moakley Archive Web site or call 617-305-6295.

Suffolk University’s Adams Gallery, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, presents exhibits on historical themes. The gallery’s windows look out onto Tremont Street and the Freedom Trail in the historic heart of Boston, making it a natural site for exhibits of original materials or reproductions of importance in the chronology of Boston and New England. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The university also presents lectures and discussions related to the exhibits.

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