San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(December 21, 1916 - July 23, 1999)
Tenayuca joined the Workers Alliance of America and other activist political organizations because of their philosophy in favor of workers' rights. As a gifted and compassionate orator, she organized and participated in many demonstrations in support of San Antonio workers.
In 1938, Tenayuca led thousands of pecan shellers, most of whom were Hispanic women, to walk off the job in protest of proposed pay cuts. San Antonio served as the center of the U.S. shelling industry, and typical salaries ranged from only two to three dollars per week. The strike was one of the first successful actions in the Mexican-American struggle for political and social justice.
Unable to find work in Texas in part because of her political activities, Tenayuca relocated to California in 1945, where she earned an undergraduate degree. She returned quietly
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commisison. (Marker Number 16245.)
Location. 29° 25.55′ N, 98° 29.969′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Commerce Street and North San Saba, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located in Milam Park; on the North Side of the Jalisco Pavilion on a stone plinth. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 W Commerce St, San Antonio TX 78207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O. Henry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish Governor's Palace (approx. ¼ mile away); Bexar County Under Nine Governments (approx. ¼ mile away); Moses Austin (approx. ¼ mile away); Barbed Wire (approx. ¼ mile away); Zero Milestone Old Spanish Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plaza de Armas (approx. 0.3 miles away); T.C. Frost (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Categories. • Agriculture • Hispanic Americans • Labor Unions • Politics •
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