UFW landmark honored near Delano

FRESNO, Calif.

The site known simply as Forty Acres is located near Delano. And it's hosted some of the most momentous events

The location that farm workers have used as their headquarters for more than forty years is now an historic landmark.

"Here in Delano today.. America's story... farm workers... contributions Latinos have made to nation for so long," Ken Salazar said.

Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar joined Cesar Chavez's family and United Farm Workers Union leaders in dedicating 40 acres as a National Historic Landmark.

The site sits just west of Delano-- and is home to the Union Hall where grape growers signed their first union contracts after years of strikes and boycotts. It's also the place where Cesar Chavez held two public fasts.

"It was here that... cooperative gas station, daycare centers... a path that we continue to follow on a daily basis," Paul Chavez said.

Over a hundred UFW supporters and even some who marched with Cesar Chavez were on hand for the dedication.

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez called it a great honor and an acknowledgment of the struggles of those participated in the movement and those who still work the fields.

"It's important for folks to realize that if you work hard... you will make a difference in people's lives... That is what 40 acres means to us."

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