The National ChÃ¡vez Center, in consultation with the United Farm Workers of America, the CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vez Foundation and members of CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vezâ€™s family, offered to donate certain properties at La Paz to the federal government for the purpose of establishing a national monument commemorating CÃ©sar E. ChÃ¡vez and the farmworker movement. This designation will represent the culmination of a process that has been underway for several years.
The CÃ©sar E. ChÃ¡vez National Monument will encompass property that includes a Visitorsâ€™ Center containing CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vezâ€™s office as well as the UFW legal aid offices, the home of CÃ©sar and Helen ChÃ¡vez, the ChÃ¡vez Memorial Garden containing Chavezâ€™s grave site, and additional buildings and structures at the La Paz campus.
The monument, which will be managed by the National Park Service in consultation with the National ChÃ¡vez Center and the CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vez Foundation, will be the fourth National Monument designated by President Obama using the Antiquities Act.Â Â He previously designated Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia, a former Army post integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military; Fort Ord National Monument in California, a former military base that is a world-class destination for outdoor recreation; and Chimney Rock, which is located in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, and offers a spectacular landscape rich in history and Native American culture. First exercised by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to designate Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, the authority of the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents since 1906 to protect unique natural and historic features in America, such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients.