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Non-profit buys Cesar Chavez family home, plans to transform it into a community center

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A bronze statue of Civil Rights leader Cesar Chavez

After seeing the Chavez family home listed for sale in May 2022, the organization Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment raised funds to purchase it.

The hope is for the property to become a community-centered space with a learning center, where residents can learn more about Chavez's mission of non-violent resistance and community organizing.

The Chavez family also offered historical documents and artifacts to feature in the center.

Based in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in east San Jose, Amigos de Guadalupe has provided housing, immigration and family services to residents in the Mayfair neighborhood for the past 10 years.

Leaders of the organization consider the home to be an essential piece to telling the history of Mexican-American civil rights. The home is also a city landmark and considered to be potentially eligible for the national registry of historic places by the National Park Service, according to the Amigos de Guadalupe Center.