Pilgrimage Wall Fountain
Mounted on the wall behind the gravesite is a striking stone carving of a farm worker peregrinacion-pilgrimage or march-set over a flowing fountain. The water reflects the personal refuge and spiritual harbor Cesar found at La Paz, where he could return from battles in scorching valleys and big cities to refresh himself and prepare for the journey ahead.
The March carving depicts the diverse coalition Cesar built around the movement. Among those portrayed are a farm worker bearing the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe; a young child carrying books, speaking to the hope and promise of the future; a dog, suggesting Cesar's beloved German Shepherds, Boycott and Huelga; an image of a mother with a baby on her back in a rebozo, or shawl; workers carrying flags of the United States, Mexico and the Philippines (honoring the 1965 Filipino American grape strikers) and the UFW; a big sister pushing her little sister in a stroller; a Franciscan brother signifying support of the farm workers from the faith community; an indigenous worker; a man with a tie and picket sign exemplifying supporters who joined boycotts and marches; a granddaughter pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair, reflecting multiple generations; and a student activist.
Fountain Memorializes Martyrs
Water cascades from five niches atop the fountain, each fashioned after the UFW eagle. They stand for the union's five martyrs: Nan Freeman, Nagi Daifalla, Juan de la Cruz, Rufino Contreras and Rene Lopez. Cesar frequently recalled how each one of them sacrificed their greatest possession---their lives--- for La Causa. Water represents life, so teh fountain pays tribute to the lives the martyrs gave for the movement.