“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Las Cruces in Dona Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

María Gutiérrez Spencer

Advocate for Social Justice


—(1919 - 1992) —

María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, October 17, 2015
1. María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker
Inscription. Punished for not speaking English in school, María Gutiérrez Spencer devoted her life to validating the Indo-Hispano experience. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and New Mexico State University, she pioneered bilingual and bicultural education in New Mexico, founding BOLD: Bicultural Orientation and Language Development in Silver City. Maria battled cancer for 50 years, but traveled worldwide to train teachers. She was honored by the Wonder Woman Foundation with Rosa Parks in 1981.
Erected 2015 by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 32° 16.91′ N, 106° 45.357′ W. Marker is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in Dona Ana County. Marker is at the intersection of Espina Street and Espina Street and Horseshoe Street, on the right when traveling south on Espina Street. Click for map. Located on the campus of New Mexico State University, outside of Skeen Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900-3048 S. Espina Street, Las Cruces NM 88001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miller Field Gates (within shouting distance of this marker); Doña Ana County Courthouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); Doña Ana County Courthouse and Jail
María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, October 17, 2015
2. María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker
Back of the Marker
The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women's Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women's contributions to New Mexico history on the state's Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women's diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
(approx. 2.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Civil War Battle of Mesilla & Major Lynde's Retreat (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Gadsden Purchase Celebration (approx. 2.4 miles away); Head Quarters, Dept. of New Mexico (approx. 2.4 miles away); All Servicemen and Women (approx. 2.4 miles away); Plaza de Mesilla (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Cruces.
Also see . . .  Pioneering teacher Maria Gutierrez Spencer honored with historical sign. The Las Cruces Sun-News' article (09/6/2015) article on the historical marker, including a biography of Ms. Gutiérrez-Spencer. (Submitted on October 28, 2015.) 
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María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, October 17, 2015
3. María Gutiérrez Spencer Marker
Wide view of the marker.
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