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Study Looking At Possible National Historic Park, Or Other Commemoration For Cesar Chavez Advances

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 12:49am

Should civil rights leader Cesar Chavez be honored with a historic park, or other designations to commemorate his role in history?  The National Park Service has come up with a draft report with some possible places for inclusion.  Chavez was an iconic figure in modern American history, as he fought for farmerworkers rights, and civil rights in general.

The National Park Service was directed by Congress to look at ways of commemorating his legacy, possibly through the preservation of places, or the marking of areas which were significant to the farm labor movement’s history.

More than 100 sites in the Western United States were evaluated for the study, with five being found to be nationally significant.  None of them are in our area.  11 others were identified as potentially nationally significant, but needing further research.

Possible options range from creation of a national historic park, which would incorporate the nationally significant sites in California and Arizona, to stepping back, and allowing existing sites to continue to run independently.

The National Park Service is making the draft study available online.  The local public hearing will be on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 p-m, at the Café on “A” Street, in Downtown Oxnard.

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