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Massacre at the Central American University (UCA)

Masacre de la Universidad Americana (UCA)

 
 
Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
1. Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA) Marker
Inscription.


∙ Ignacio Ellacuria
∙ Amando Lopez
∙ Joaquin Lopez
∙ Ignacio Martin-Baro
∙ Segundo Montes
∙ Juan Ramon Moreno

16 de noviembre de 1989

 
Location. 13° 40.725′ N, 89° 14.142′ W. Marker is in San Salvador, San Salvador. Touch for map. On the Universidad Centroamericana campus, at the building that is now the "Centro Monseñor Romero.".
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francisco Andrés Escobar Building (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Construction of the North-South Highway and the Central American University (about 150 meters away); Mural of the Martyrs of the UCA (about 180 meters away); Ceiba de Guadalupe Church (approx. 0.7 kilometers away in La Libertad); General Manuel José Arce (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Plaza Brasilia (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); General José María Cañas Highway (approx. one kilometer away in La Libertad); General Omar Torrijos Herrera (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Salvador.
 
Also see . . .
1. Massacre of Jesuits in El Salvador: 20 Years Later. Inthe early hours of November 16, 1989, one
Wide view of Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
2. Wide view of Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA) Marker
This rose garden was planted next to the marker in the area where the Jesuit priests were murdered.
week after the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the beginning of the end of the Cold War in Europe, six Jesuit professors, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter were roused from sleep by US-trained Salvadoran special forces, led outside, and shot to death on the lawn of the Central American University José Simeón Cañas (UCA) in San Salvador.... In the months before their deaths, during some of the bloodiest conflict of a protracted civil war, the Jesuits and their colleagues at the UCA had advocated dialogue between the government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a coalition of guerrilla groups, in an effort to bring about what the Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino, also an UCA professor, called “a more human and more Christian negotiated solution to the conflict.”...
(Submitted on June 8, 2015.) 

2. Twenty-Five Years After a Massacre, Jesuits Reflect on the Meaning and the Martyrdom. An article on the massacre and its meaning from the Jesuits themselves (Jesuits.org):...Twenty-five years later, many are still waiting for justice in the case of the murdered Jesuits and women. None of the top military commanders who issued the orders to kill was ever prosecuted for the crimes. There is now, however, renewed interest in bringing them to trial. Ramping up the pressure
Additional marker near the room where Elba and Celina Ramos were killed. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
3. Additional marker near the room where Elba and Celina Ramos were killed.
are global human rights groups and Spain, which claims jurisdiction in the case because five of the six Jesuit victims were Spaniards....
(Submitted on June 8, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
4. Massacre at the Universidad Americana (UCA)
A small museum dedicated to the Jesuits and other murdered Catholic religious contains the clothing that they wore that night.
The building where the massacre happened, now "Centro Monseñor Romero." image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
5. The building where the massacre happened, now "Centro Monseñor Romero."
Chapel at the Universidad Americana (UCA) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
6. Chapel at the Universidad Americana (UCA)
This small chapel is next door to the "Centro Monseñor Romero" and contains the burial niches of the Jesuits.
Interior of the Chapel at the Universidad Americana (UCA) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 3, 2015
7. Interior of the Chapel at the Universidad Americana (UCA)
The Jesuit burial niches are to the far left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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