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October 15, 2013 > Milpitas Library unveils Filipino Memorial Mural

Milpitas Library unveils Filipino Memorial Mural

Submitted By Santa Clara County Office of Public Affairs

The Filipino Memorial Project Mural began five years ago as a way to recognize the efforts and contributions of Filipino-American farm workers in CaliforniaÕs labor movement. The mural features key historic figures including Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz, Andy Imutan, Ben Hines, Pete Velasco, Cesar Chavez, and Dolores Huerta. The painting depicts the Delano Grape Strike in 1965, when more than 1,500 farm workers walked off the grape fields in Delano, California. Filipino Union leader Larry Itliong, of the Agricultural Workers Organization Committee (AWOC), and Mexican-American farm worker organizers, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, representing the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), joined forces to organize the protest, which laid the foundation for future labor groups.

Comprised of scholars, students, historians, and community members at San Jose State University, the Filipino Memorial Project was created to acknowledge those leaders in the Filipino community who, through their hard work and perseverance, brought about positive change for future generations. Council members, group leaders, community members, and local artists who helped produce the mural attended the unveiling ceremony.

Filipino Memorial Mural
Milpitas Library
160 N. Main Street, Milpitas

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