U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the announcement that President Obama will establish the César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, California, at the home and final resting place of the legendary civil rights and labor leader, which also served as the headquarters of his farm labor movement for 22 years.
"I commend President Obama for honoring the life and legacy of César Chávez, an American hero who dedicated his life to promoting equal rights and justice for all Americans," Senator Boxer said. "This new national monument will serve as a lasting tribute not only to César Chávez, but to the millions of hard-working men and women he fought for, who have contributed so much to our country."
President Obama will visit Keene on Oct. 8 to formally announce the designation for the site known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz, a revered historic landmark nestled in the rolling foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains of eastern Kern County.
Senator Boxer has been a strong advocate for national recognition of the site's importance to California's heritage and our country's history. In June 2011, she and Senator Feinstein wrote a letter to the National Park Service urging the agency to list La Paz on the National Register of Historic Places, which was recommended by the California State Historical Resources Commission.