Santa Ana College, Orange County

Mural by Emigdio Vasquez

The Legacy of Cesar Chavez(1997)
Cesar Chavez Center (interior) at Rancho Santiago College
17th and Bristol Streets Santa Ana, California

Description from the artist: "As a tribute to Cesar Chavez, I wanted to paint a heroic and poignant mural that would celebrate his life. I have depicted Cesar Chavez surrounded by some of his compatriots in the farm workers movement, like Dolores Huerta, Luis Valdez, and Fred Ross. Just as important, however, I decided to include anonymous images of people from the working class, the people loved by Cesar Chavez. He adhered to the ideal that working people are not beasts of burden, but are human beings deserving of respect, dignity, and social justice.

Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to this ideal, he engaged in a ferocious struggle to improve the lives of the campesinos who toil in the fields.

His struggles and accomplishments leave an important legacy that will forever be recorded in the annals of American Labor History. Cesar Chavez will be honored in history by his inclusion in that pantheon of heroes and martyrs of the American working class."

---Emigdio Vasquez

Emigdio Vasquez is an Orange County, California, based artist who has been painting murals since the early 1970s. His work is found primarily in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton, and Irvine.

photos by © Sal Rojas

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