Cesar Chavez National Monument is dedicated to farm worker and union activist, Cesar Chavez. This National Historical Landmark is located in Nuestra Senora Renia de la Paz in Keene, California. Chavez worked to organize a predominantly Latino population of farm workers in California, ultimately securing contracts for these women and men that led to better benefits and a safer work environment. The site includes a visitor center and memorial garden where Chavez's remains were buried.
Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma,
Arizona on his family’s farm. When Chavez was 11, his family lost the family
farm during the Great Depression. He and his family were desperate to find
work, so they become migrant farm workers. He traveled around with his family
as laborers in fields, orchards, and vineyards. Throughout his youth, Chavez
had to face the hardship of hard labor. Chavez went to school until eighth
grade and then became a full time worker in the fields to help his family.
Chavez sought out better conditions for farm laborers after enduring it his
Cesar Chavez created the United
Farm Workers of America in 1962. He
thought of workers as people, not just help. He wanted to create the union to
help anyone no matter their ethnicity or race. He stated, The color of our
skins, the languages of our cultural and native origins, the lack of formal
education, the exclusion from the democratic process, the numbers of our slain
in recent wars - all these burdens generation after generation have sought to
demoralize us, to break our human spirit. Chavez’s goal was to equalize
field labor workers. Today the foundation achieves all of his goals by helping
families in need of work. The Cesar Chavez National Monument is a great tourist
destination. The Museum includes his home and shows Chavez’s library and his
grave in the memorial gardens. Cesar Chavez helped many labor workers have the
benefits they deserve and with his founding foundation this dream is still
alive and helping millions of other American field workers.