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Posted on: March 31, 2017

HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR 1966 FARMWORKERS STRIKE

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On Friday, March 31, farm workers and their supporters gathered outside the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg to unveil and dedicate a historical marker honoring the 1966 Farm Worker Strike and March that sparked the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in Texas.

The historical marker and dedication come under the direction of the Hidalgo County Civil Rights Movement Committee, chaired by County Judge Ramon Garcia and composed of Valley Civil Rights Movement participants and historians.

In the Summer of 1966, hundreds of men, women, and children in Starr County organized with the United Farm Workers demanded fair wages by marching to the state capitol. On July 7, Edinburg Mayor Al Ramirez greeted the marchers passing through the city of Edinburg on their way to a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Farmworkers continued through Weslaco, Edcouch-Elsa, and other South Texas communities toward the State Capitol where they were received by hundreds of supporters.

The dedication and unveiling coincide with Cesar Chavez Day. Among the speakers were La Union del Pueblo Entero - LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox, Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., LUPE Executive Board Member Maria Gomez, Rebecca Flores, United Farm Worker Efrain Carrera and Alejandro Moreno Jr., who was the Master of Ceremonies.
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