Cesar E. Chavez passed away on April 23, 1993 he was buried at La Paz shortly after.
Statutes Facing Gravesite
In niches on the far corners of the Memorial Gardens are two statues. To the right facing the gravesite is the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico who brings hope and inspiration to millions of people. To the left also facing the gravesite is St. Francis of Assisi, Cesar's patron saint because he rejected materialism, preached a message of love and service, and loved animals.
A Humble Marker
The tiny official two-person Catholic cemetery is graced with a simple granite headstone adapted from the modest markers of Cesar's grandparents and family members in and around his native Yuma, Arizona. It merely bears his name and the years of his birth and passing. Directly behind it is a small weathered wooden cross with the rusted metal image of the crucified Jesus.
In Cesar's Words
Mounted on the walls on either side of the fountain, behind the gravesite, are two plain granite plaques with Cesar's words inscribed in English and Spanish from his 25-day fast for nonviolence in 1968:
"It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life."
They manifest his conviction that all of us have a duty to be of service to others.