Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

I made a trip home to Fresno this weekend and on my way back I stopped in to visit the Cesar Chavez National Monument.  The Monument is located in Keene, CA and well worth the stop.  It’s less than a mile from the freeway to get to the monument, but easy to pass.  I saw the sign on the side of the road, but the driveway didn’t appear to go anywhere.  It makes a sharp turn and goes down to the visitor center.  So what looks like a pullout IS actually the driveway.

Once I found my way to the visitor center I was pleasantly surprised.  The grounds at La Paz (short for Nuestra Senora Reina De La Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace)) are absolutely beautiful.  You can take a virtual tour of the grounds HERE.

There is a museum in the visitor center, which used to be the administrative building for the United Farm Workers.  Now the building houses displays such as; Cesar Chavez’s office, a replica of farm housing, photos and displays of the Delano Grape Strike, and so much more.

Before it was a visitor center it was the headquarters for the United Farm Workers movement and before that it was a tuberculosis ward.  The history in just one building on the property is amazing!

Outside they have a beautiful memorial garden that includes the final resting place of Cesar Chavez.  There are also trails around the gardens and beautiful roses everywhere.

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