On November 19, 2012 they broke ground on the Cesar E. Chavez memorial that will be located near University Avenue and Main Street in the City of Riverside. Arturo S. Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America spoke at the ceremony. In a Hispanic Lifestyle exclusive, we are posting Mr. Rodriguez’s full speech.
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A monument to American farm worker, labor leader, civil rights activist, and human rights advocate Cesar Chavez will be placed on the pedestrian mall in historic downtown Riverside. The Chavez monument will be placed on the mall near University Avenue, joining existing statues of civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi; Korean independence activist Ahn Chang-Ho; Medal of Honor recipient Ysmael Villegas; and most recently citrus pioneer and activist Eliza Tibbets.
The monument was created by artist Ignacio Gomez, who created another memorial to Cesar Chavez in San Fernando. The design depicts Chavez leading field workers up an incline.
The memorial is being paid for through private fundraising. The goal is to have the monument in place in March 2013.