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New monument to honor Salvadoran archbishop

Posted: June 22, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2013 3:00 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/12gKvRM ) Saturday marks the beginning of building a new plaza and statue for Msgr. Oscar A Romero in MacArthur Park.

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.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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