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Texas historical marker dedicated to farm workers in Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi Caller Times logo The Corpus Christi Caller Times 10/13/2019 Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller Times
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A new historical marker dedicated to Texas farm workers was unveiled in downtown Corpus Christi.

The Nueces County Historical Commission, city officials and other local activists presented the marker Saturday morning at the People's Street T-Head.

Officials said the marker was built to commemorate the 800 farm workers who trekked more than 320 miles from the Rio Grande to Austin to rally for a state minimum wage of $1.25 an hour in 1966.

Today, that would be equivalent to $9.91 an hour.

a group of people looking at a kite: Corpus Christi city officials and local activists teamed up to unveil a new Texas historical marker dedicated to the 1966 Melon March on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. © Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers Corpus Christi city officials and local activists teamed up to unveil a new Texas historical marker dedicated to the 1966 Melon March on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

The peaceful protest was dubbed the 1966 Melon March. It was later a catalyst for the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement, according to a 2016 Caller-Times article.

The marker was chosen to be placed in Corpus Christi because farm workers held a demonstration at the People's Street T-Head on July 30, 1966, according to a news release sent by the Nueces County Commissioners Court.

The marker's permanent location is next to the Selena Memorial Statue, which is near T-Head.

Meagan Falcon covers entertainment, things to do and trending news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription to the Caller-Times.

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