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Cesar Chavez's California home placed on National Register

By Michael Martinez, CNN
United Farm Workers of America founder Cesar Chavez, far right, attends a rally in California in 1977.
United Farm Workers of America founder Cesar Chavez, far right, attends a rally in California in 1977.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Labor leader Chavez's residence is called Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz
  • It was also the headquarters of his farm worker movement
  • It is located in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The former California home and headquarters of civil rights and labor leader Cesar E. Chavez was added to the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Thursday.

Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (La Paz) served as the headquarters of the Chavez's United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and his residence during his last 22 years, from 1971 to 1993. The structure is located in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California.

"Cesar Chavez is one of the heroes of the 20th century, leading a nonviolent movement that improved working conditions for agricultural workers and bettered the lives of thousands of Hispanic men and women and other minorities throughout the United States," Salazar said in a statement. "By adding La Paz, now known as the National Chavez Center, to the National Register of Historic Places, we are honoring his legacy and inviting Americans to learn more about the life and work of this extraordinary man."

Added Paul F. Chavez, Cesar Chavez's middle son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation: "For my father, La Paz was a personal refuge from bitter struggles in agricultural valleys and big cities, a spiritual harbor where he recharged batteries, drew fresh inspiration and prepared for the battles ahead.

"It was a place where many dedicated people spent years of their lives working with Cesar Chavez for social justice, inspiring generations of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to social and political activism," the son said.

 
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