Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, Keene

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Cesar E. Chavez National Monument is a 116acre U.S. National Monument in Keene, Kern County, California. The property was the headquarters of the United Farm Workers, and home to César Chávez from the early 1970s until his death in 1993; it includes his gravesite.HistoryCesar E. Chavez National Monument was established by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2012 by proclamation under authority of the Antiquities Act. The monument is located among the Tehachapi Mountains in Keene, California, about 27mi southeast of Bakersfield. The property is known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (La Paz), which was designated as a National Historic Landmark along with the monument on October 8, 2012.The monument is the 398th unit the National Park System and is managed collaboratively by the National Park Service and the National Chavez Center. The Center and members of the Chávez family offered to donate properties at La Paz to the federal government to establish the national monument. Initial funding was provided by the National Park Foundation's America Latino Heritage Fund. Some of the monument's services and programs are still in development, but a visitor center and memorial garden where Chavez is buried are open to the public.
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  • This is a monument to a great man that is not as well known outside of the California and the central valley. He gave his entire life to help others and demand basic work rights, fair wages, humane tr...  more »
  • We are from California and of course know about the work that Cesar Chavez did for the farm workers, however we leaned more about him and his tireless work for equality. He was originally from Delano ...  more »
  • This site is so peaceful and beautiful. Not only the whole design, the garden with all kind of different flowers and plants but the determination to preserve Cesar's life and efforts to build a better...  more »
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  • MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME HARD WORK IN THE FIELDS AROUND 1964. THANK GOD FOR A GOOD EDUCATION AND A GOOD WORKING JOB. NOW RETIRED. THANK YOU GOD FOR HELPING US AND FOR CESAR CHAVEZ.
  • This a very pleasant place. It is well maintained and beautiful. Well worth the stop. They don't charge any admission. I donated to help with the cost of operation. Very cool.
  • We spent a short time here but learned so much. They are expanding the exhibits on display to include his life's work. Check it out!
  • Little off the beaten path. The house is pretty cool. Hard to find your way around the grounds
  • While I am a huge fan of National Park Service sites, this one is not yet complete. You can tour the small museum containing Cesar's office and see his gravesite. However, the house is still occupied by his family. The rumor is one day the house will become part of the site in which case this site is well worth a visit. Expect to spend 30 minutes maximum at the site.

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