Obama to designate Chavez home as nat'l monument

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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KEENE, Calif. (AP) — During a campaign swing through California, President Barack Obama will establish a national monument on the property that was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement.

On Monday, Obama will designate 105 acres in Keene, Calif., as the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. The property is known as La Paz, short for Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz, or Our Lady Queen of Peace.

La Paz served and continues to serve as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers of America. It was also Chavez's home from the early 1970s until his death in 1993.

The monument will include a visitor center, Chavez's grave site and memorial garden, and Chavez's house where his widow Helen Chavez still lives.