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.