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South Valley in Bernalillo County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 13, 2021
1. Dolores Huerta Marker
Inscription.  "Everybody should be required by law to come to New Mexico to get a taste of humanity. I was born in, New Mexico (Dawson), and this is where I developed my philosophy of social justice," said Delores Huerta April 1, 2017, at the re-naming of the South Valley Gateway Park in her honor.

The Bernalillo County Commission spearheaded the event and considered it well-deserved. As a child, Dolores relocated to Stockton, California with her mother and two brothers following her parents' divorce. Her mother worked two jobs to support her children, and Dolores' grandfather cared for the youngsters. Dolores admired her mother's spirit not only to provide financially, but to encourage activities for her children.

Even though Dolores excelled in school, she served as the object of racism along with the Mexican, Mexican-American and farm-worker children. Dolores obtained a teaching degree at Stockton College and briefly worked as an elementary school teacher. Dolores left that career because she couldn't bear he poor living conditions of her students, many of them members of farm worker families. Dolores wanted to help them.

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1960, she started the Agricultural Workers' Association (AWA) and organized voting registration drives and lobbied politicians to allow public assistance, pensions and he use of the Spanish language on public documents. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers' Association (AFWA) which, in 1965, merged with the AWA. Five years of hard work on behalf of grape growers culminated in the signing of the historic agreement to improve more benefits for fam workers- unemployment and health care benefits and reducing the use of harmful pesticides. A 1970 lettuce boycott eventually paved the way for the passage of the 1975 Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

Dolores continued in her activist father's tradition for many years after the death of her co-founder and good friend Cesar Chavez. She told the audience at the dedication that the honor is not only hers, but that of all who assisted in the movement.

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·Dolores Huerta stands at the founding convention of the National Farm Workers Association in Fresno, California in 1962 with co-founder Cesar Chavez and others.
·Portrait of Dolores Huerta wearing a "There's blood on those grapes" shirt. The photograph was probably taken during the Gallo strike.
·Dolores Huerta at a rally in the 1970's.
Erected by Bernalillo
Dolores Huerta Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 13, 2021
2. Dolores Huerta Marker
Marker is located at Dolores Huerta Gateway Park.
County, Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Committee, New Mexico Mainstreet and South Valley MainStreet.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCivil RightsHispanic AmericansWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 2017.
Location. 35° 4.049′ N, 106° 39.977′ W. Marker is in South Valley, New Mexico, in Bernalillo County. Marker can be reached from Isleta Boulevard SW (New Mexico Route 314) south of Bridge Boulevard SW (New Mexico Route 314). Marker is located at Dolores Huerta Gateway Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Isleta Boulevard SW, Albuquerque NM 87105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Crossing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cultural Lifeways (about 400 feet away); Acequia Culture (about 400 feet away); La Doctora María Dolores Gonzáles (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Armijo School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Graciela Olivárez (approx. 1.2 miles away); Harvey Girls / Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, 1869 - 1958 (approx. 1½ miles away); Albuquerque Electric Streetcar System (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Valley.
Also see . . .  Dolores Huerta on Wikipedia. Huerta (born 1930) was the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Dolores Huerta image. Click for full size.
Jay Godwin (public domain), 2019
3. Dolores Huerta
Many streets and schools in major cities have been named after her. In California, her birthday is a holiday. (Submitted on November 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Jun. 10, 2023