Near San Salvador, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
Elba and Celina Ramos Auditorium
Dignas y ejemplares mujeres, representantes de la sencillez, generosidad y laboriosidad del pueblo salvadoreños.
En recuerdo agradecido a su cercanía y servicio a la Compañía de Jesús, que las llevó a compartir el martirio.
Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas”
San Salvador, 11 de noviembre de 2013
Elba and Celina Ramos Auditorium
Worthy and exemplary women, representatives of the simplicity, generosity and industriousness of the Salvadoran people.
In grateful memory to their closeness and service to the Society of Jesus, which led them to share in their martyrdom.
Central American University “José Simeón Cañas”
San Salvador, November 11, 2013
Location. 13° 40.795′ N, 89° 14.147′ W. Marker is near San Salvador. Memorial can be reached from Bulevar Los Proceres just east of Bulevar Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Salvador 1101, El Salvador. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florentino Idoate (within shouting distance of this marker); Students Peace Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The Francisco Javier Ibisate Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ignacio Ellacuría Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Ignacio Martín-Baró (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Massacre at the Central American University (UCA) (about 120 meters away in San Salvador Department); Mural of the Martyrs of the UCA (about 150 meters away); Francisco Andrés Escobar Building (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Salvador.
Also see . . . Elba and Celina Ramos at The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA).
Julia Elba Ramos was born in Santiago de Maria, El Salvador on March 5, 1947. Elba’s husband, Obdulio, worked as an overseer on a plantation in Santa Tecla, and she worked as a domestic employee in San Salvador. During the coffee harvest, she would leave her domestic job to cut coffee on the plantation where her husband worked. In 1970, the plantation owner was kidnapped and killed, forcing Elba and Obdulio to abandon their jobs. The couple moved to Jayaque, where Obdulio worked as a watchman and Elba farmed corn and beans to provide for her family. Elba and Obdulio had four children, two of whom died. At the time of the massacre, Elba and Obdulio had two living children, one of whom was Celina Meredith. In 1985, Elba began to work at the Jesuits’ residence at the UCA. In 1989, Father Montes offered Obdulio a job as the gardener and watchman of the new university residence as well as a newly built home near the residence. Elba was killed alongside her daughter Celina. Her body was found wrapped around Celina’s, trying to protect her from the shooting. Celina Maricet Ramos was born in Jayaque, El Salvador on February 23, 1976. In 1989, she finished her first year of high school at the José Damian Villacorta Institute in Santa Tecla. On November 11, 1989, at the beginning of the Farabundo Martí Liberation Front (FMLN) offensive, an FMLN patrol bombed one of the entrances to the UCA and shattered all the windows in the Ramos’ house. From that night on, Celina and her mother slept in a small room next to the Jesuits’ dining hall. The night of the massacre, Celina’s father stayed at their home. He was the first to find the bodies of his wife and daughter alongside those of the murdered Jesuit priests.(Submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.