Near La Loma in Guadalupe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mela Leger-Bilingual Education Pioneer
At four, Manuelita de Atocha (Mela) Lucero Leger read Spanish language newspapers to her blind grandfather in Colonias. Although New Mexico's constitution protects Spanish-speaking students, school children were often punished for speaking Spanish. As a pioneer in bilingual education, Mela changed that by founding one of the nation's first bilingual multi-cultural schools, developing curriculum, training teachers and helping write the historic 1973 Bilingual Education Act.
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.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 35° 11.265′ N, 105° 3.643′ W. Marker is near La Loma, New Mexico, in Guadalupe County. Marker is on U.S. 84 at milepost 77.5, 0.4 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Loma NM 87724, United States of America.
Categories. • Education • Hispanic Americans •
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