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.