MacArthur Park's new monument to honor slain Salvadoran archbishop

63419 full

The Salvadoran community is celebrating the groundbreaking of a plaza in Los Angeles honoring a Catholic archbishop beloved for his advocacy for the poor.

The L.A. Times reports that Saturday marks the beginning of building a new plaza and statue for Monsignor Oscar A Romero in MacArthur Park.

According to the official news release:

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at MacArthur Park, (corner of 7th Street and Alvarado Blvd., in Los Angeles) on Saturday, June 22 from 12:30pm to 2pm. The event is open to the public.

Romero was slain in 1980 during El Salvador's bloody 12-year civil war. Many of the war's refugees fled to the United States, where some settled in Los Angeles' Westlake and Pico-Union neighborhoods.

The area hosted protests against the civil war and has become home to one of the largest concentrations of Central Americans in the United States.

The $350,000 Romero monument will feature a statue of him and his quotes. It is expected to be complete in three months. The project is being overseen by the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund with design concept by Mia Lehrer & Associates.

blog comments powered by Disqus