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Cesar Chavez's "Forty Acres"

HABS photo of Forty Acres
Delano, CA

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) recently completed the photographic documentation of The Forty Acres, the National Historic Landmark (NHL) site closely associated with the life of Cesar Estrada Chavez. Forty Acres, located in Delano, California, served as the headquarters for the first permanent agricultural labor union in the United States, the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). Multiple contextual, large-format, black and white, photographs were taken in 2012 of the complex as well as of the interior and exterior of the Tomasa Zapata Gas Station (location of Chavez’s first public fast which brought an unprecedented level of national attention and support to the farmworker movement), the Roy L. Reuther Memorial Building, Rodrigo Terronez Memorial Clinic, Paolo Agbayani Retirement Village, and Reuther Stone Memorial. HABS comprehensive documentation of Forty Acres continues with the written historical report and as-built measured drawings components, which are scheduled to be completed in 2014.