South Boston Honors John Joseph Moakley

9/15/2004

MILTON – “John Joseph Moakley: In Service to His Country,” a traveling exhibit drawn from the papers of the late Congressman, is on display at the South Boston Neighborhood House, Senior Center, 136 H Street until September 26, 2004.

A reception to mark the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Neighborhood House, Senior Center. State Senator Jack Hart, who now holds the late Congressman Moakley’s senate seat, will be in attendance.

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, is on display Mon.– Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

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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