The Central Valley home of labor leader Cesar Chavez is now a national monument. President Barack Obama made the announcement Monday morning after he toured the property in Keene, near Bakersfield, in the Central Valley.
Obama said Chavez never stopped pushing for what he believed in – and he hopes that’s what future generations will take away when they visit this place.
“Everytime somebody’s son or daughter comes and learns about the history of this movement, I want them to know that our journey is never hopeless, our work is never done,” the president said. “I want them to learn about a small man guided by enormous faith and a righteous cause.”
The 100-plus acre site is known as La Paz. It served as the planning and coordination center of the United Farm Workers of America starting in 1971.