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Request filed with City of San Angelo to rename Irving Street to honor Cesar Chavez

The San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center said Irving Street was chosen because it begins in the heart of the barrio and ends at City Hall.
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United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, left, who led the fight as head of the AFL-CIO union local, talks with his assistant Larry Itliong, in front of union headquarters at Delano, Calif., July 28, 1967. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum & Cultural Center said Friday it submitted an application to the City of San Angelo's Planning Department to rename Irving Street to Cesar Chavez.

"Almost half of the population of San Angelo is Hispanic," a release from the organization said, "It is important that we see that represented in our city."

Cesar Chavez is recognized nationally for his leadership for improving the lives of the Hispanic population and peacefully trying to make a change in the world. In 1994, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Irving Street was selected because it begins in the heart of the barrio and ends at the steps of City Hall.

"More than 90 percent of the property owners who live on Irving Street are Hispanic and this would be a great pride for the entire community," the release said.

The goal of the committee is to bring awareness to the contributions of the Hispanics to the city, state and nation.

The San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center said it will cover all costs associated with the street name change application and signage replacement and there will be no cost to the citizens of San Angelo.

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