Statement from Ken Salazar on the Passing of Richard Estrada Chavez

Office of the Secretary

WASHINGTON —Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today made the following statement regarding the passing of Richard Estrada Chavez yesterday:

“I have been privileged to work with Richard Estrada Chavez to ensure that the story of the farm labor and civil rights movement that started in California's Central Valley is celebrated and shared for generations to come. It was an especially meaningful day to stand alongside Richard in February as we dedicated the ‘Forty Acres' site as a National Historic Landmark.

“Richard served an integral role alongside his brother in the struggle for the rights of farm workers which dramatically improved the lives of millions of migrant workers.

“I am saddened to learn of his passing, but I know his legacy will empower and inspire Latinos and other Americans for generations to come.”