Sunday, August 26, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #6

Where was labor leader César Chávez born?

Extra credit: What unusual symbols adorn the location of his birth?

Martin W. Beerman

Casario Chavez was born March 31, 1927 at Ligurta (Dam), Yuma Co., Arizona. Parents: Lebrado Hernandez Chavez and Juana Estrada. Here's the registration:


Yuma, Arizona

The symbols = swastikas
Laguna Dam

"Laguna Dam, 12 miles North of Yuma, was the first dam constructed on the Colorado River. Construction took place from July 1905 until March 1909. The symbol found inscribed on and near this bridge served for 3000 years to represent good luck, life, power, strength, and sun. It was not till years after the Laguna Dam was built that this symbol became the hated symbol of Nazi Germany, the swastika!"


Born near Yuma, AZ ... as to the symbols, I'll guess that his Medal of Freedom from the U.S. and the Aguila Azteca from Mexico are displayed there, and probably the flag of the United Farm Workers, with its design of an Aztec eagle.


Cesar was indeed born near Yuma, Arizona, at Liguna Dam—also known as the Swastika Dam. This was chosen as the symbol of the U.S. Reclamation Service years before Hitler and the Nazis came to power.

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