2009 The Year of Valley History
Statue of Cesar Chavez - Memorial in San Fernando - Photo by Gerald Fecht for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - November 2009
Sculpture of the Flag of the United Farm Workers - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Nov. 2009
American Civil Rights Leader Cesar Chavez - Mural in San Fernando California
The San Fernando Valley’s oldest city, San Fernando, was the first city in the United States to erect a memorial to the great civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. Located at the corner of Wolfskill and Truman Streets, the memorial was designed by San Fernando Valley artist Ignacio Gomez.
César Estrada Chavez was born on March 31st, 1927. He died on April 23, 1993. From a common farm worker, Chavez rose to found, with Dolores Hueta, what would become the United Farm Workers Union. He achievements form one of the greatest civil rights victories of the 20th century.