Soledad in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cesar Chavez Park
In Commemoration and Appreciation
—Dedicated on March 31, 2008 —
Cesar E. Chavez (1927-1993)
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American Labor leader & cofounder of the United Farm Worker (UFW). Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Cesar was raised in migrant worker camps and left school after 8th grade to work in the fields. He joined the U.S. Navy from 1939-1945.
From 1952 until 1962, Chavez worked for the Community Service Organization and in 1962 Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). They established a union that would provide better field workers better working and living conditions by changing labor laws giving farm workers more rights.
In 1965, Chavez led 2,000 NFWA members on a strike in support of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) to demand better wages for wine-grape pickers in Delano, California. In 1966, he led a 340-mile march from Delano to Sacramento bringing national attention to the grape pickers strike. Chavez used less conventional methods: he fasted for 25 days to demonstrate the nonviolent philosophy of the unions.
In 1966, the UFW and the AWOC merged creating the United Farm Workers Organizing Committe (UFWOC) becoming an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. In 1968, Cesar called on consumers nationwide to stop
In 1994, President Clinton posthumously awarded the Cesar Chavez the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian award. In 2000, the State of California declared March 31, Cesar's birthday an official State holiday.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Location. 36° 25.597′ N, 121° 19.741′ W. Marker is in Soledad, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Front Street south of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soledad CA 93960, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Railroad Station Site (within shouting distance of this marker); One Voice Murals Project (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission Nuestra Señora Dolorosísima de la Soledad (approx. 2 miles away); Padre Florencio Ibanez (approx. 2.1 miles away); Jose Joaquin de Arrillaga (approx. 2.1 miles away); The De Anza Expedition in Soledad (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of Original Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); El Camino Real Bell (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soledad.
Categories. • Agriculture • Hispanic Americans • Labor Unions •
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