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Mayor Bowser to Join Dignitaries for Building Dedication in Honor of the Late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tomorrow, March 21st at 2 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl, elected officials, community partners and Latino community leaders will honor the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, an important religious figure and human rights advocate during the Salvadoran Civil War. Gaspar Romero, Activist and brother of the Late Archbishop Oscar Romero, will also attend the dedication ceremony.

This will be the first building in the United States to be dedicated to this great human rights activist of the Catholic Church who will soon be canonized into sainthood by the Pope.

On March 12, 2008, a fire destroyed the Deauville Apartment building located at 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, NW and the Meridian Hill Baptist Church. It was considered the worst fire in Washington, D.C., in over three decades, destroying 85 apartments leaving over 200 people homeless for weeks. Residents returned to this building in 2014.

WHO:
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Ambassador of El Salvador Francisco Altschul Fuentes
Archbishop of Washington, DC Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Director of the Office of Latino Affairs Jackie Reyes
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau
Councilmember At-Large Elissa Silverman
Councilmember At-Large & Chair of Housing and Community Development Anita Bonds
Former Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham
President of the National Housing Trust Michael Bodaken
President of the 3145 Mt. Pleasant Tenant Association Yasmin Romero-Latin

WHEN:
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2 pm

WHERE:
Monsignor Romero Building (Formerly the Deauville Apartment Building)
3145 Mount Pleasant Street, NW
*Closest Metro: Columbia Heights Metro Station*