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Two street segments to be renamed for Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta

a mapThe blue line shows the segment of State Highway 183 to be renamed for Cesar Chavez; the red line shows the segment honoring Delores Huerta.

The City Council voted unanimously to rename two Fort Worth street segments to honor a pair of civil rights icons.

Council approved the honorary naming of the portion of State Highway 183 including Northeast and Northwest 28th Street from Beach Street to U.S. 287 Business/North Main Street as Cesar Chavez Avenue. The portion of State Highway 183 including Northwest 28th Street and Ephriham Avenue from U.S. 287 Business/North Main Street to State Highway 199/Jacksboro Highway will be named in honor of Dolores Huerta.

The honorary renamings will salute the legacies of Chavez and Huerta and their national contributions to the Latino community and the world in promoting and supporting labor reforms, human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, equity and diversity.

The city will execute an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and fund the cost of signage for the two road segments.

“Perseverance and hard work paid off,” District 2 Councilmember Carlos Flores said about the longtime effort to honor Chavez and Huerta. “I want to thank the members of LULAC District 21, LULAC Councils No. 4568 and No.4743, the Cesar Chavez Committee, city staff and all community members for their efforts and overwhelming support for this resolution.”

Chavez was a renowned labor and civil rights leader, a U.S. Navy veteran and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farmworkers Union. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Huerta, 89, is a labor and civil rights leader, a champion of women’s rights and an advocate for workers to earn living wages. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.