El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvadoras a Traveling Exhibit

8/12/2004

BOSTON - El Congresista: Joe Moakley en El Salvador, a traveling exhibit of Suffolk University’s John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute, is on display at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, in Boston.

A reception to mark the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, August 31 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Roxbury Community College Library. U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano, 8th District, and Roxbury Community College President Terrence A. Gomes will be in attendance.

The exhibit will be on display at the Roxbury Community College Library through September 14.

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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