In time for the November election, President Barack Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument.
In a statement, Obama said that Chavez “gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” adding that the home was the center of significant civil rights events.
The Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, California, also known as Nuestra Selnora Reina de la Paz or “La Paz,” served as the national headquarters for the United Farm Workers union. The site was Chavez’s home from the early ‘70s until his death in 1993. Chavez is buried there and his gravesite will also be a part of the monument.
Chavez, who fronted the United Farm Workers Association (UFW), led a massive grape boycott, raising awareness of the plight of Latino farm workers. His efforts inspired millions of Latinos to fight for more educational opportunities, better housing, and political power. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Chavez’s founding of the UFW.
La Paz will be the fourth national monument designated by Obama using the Antiquities Act. Previously, Obama designated Virginia’s Fort Monroe, California’s Fort Ord, and Colorado’s Chimney Rock as national monuments.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.