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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:50 PM
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National Chavez Center Honoring Labor Leader Opens to Public
National Chavez Center Honoring Labor Leader Opens to Public

The Associated Press
Published: Apr 24, 2004

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) - More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday for the dedication of the National Chavez Center, a museum and contemplative garden devoted to labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

The center is located on a parcel known as La Paz that is also the headquarters of the United Farm Workers labor union, which Chavez co-founded. Chavez is buried at the site, about 10 miles northeast of Tehachapi.

The ceremony marked the site's first opening to the general public on a permanent basis. It was held a day after the 11th anniversary of Chavez's death on April 23, 1993.

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http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA2342KGTD.html

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 01:41 AM
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1. I'm sure a LOT of people will go there.
From the same AP article (in another paper):
a Paz was the place where Chavez went "to recharge his batteries," said Teresa Chavez Delgado, his grandchild and a consultant for the center.

"He would look at the work he was doing from different angles here," said Delgado. "It's a really, really beautiful, scenic place."

The opening of the site will allow people to "pay respects to his final resting place" and teach "why we need to keep his struggle alive," Delgado said.

Paul Chavez, son of the labor leader and chairman of the foundation, said his father always wanted La Paz to rejuvenate and unite those who fought on behalf of farmworkers. He hopes the site will provide the same relief and inspiration for the public.
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http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8...

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The article said the center opened one day and 11 years after the date of his death. He was an AMERICAN HERO.


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