Farmworker’s Strike of 1966 to Receive Memorial Plaque in Hidalgo County

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One the most significant farmworker’s protest in the country will soon have a historical marker in Hidalgo County to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

The Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court approved the funding of a plaque to commemorate the farmworker’s march that began in Starr County and ended in Austin. The strike happened in May of 1966 when melon pickers unionized for better pay and working conditions.

Julia Sullivan, Hidalgo County PIO says, “There was an impact to Hidalgo County. Not just in terms of what the march did for latinos and what it signified, but also in the fact that they did come through Hidalgo County on their way to Austin.”

The $5,000 plaque will be placed at the Hidalgo County Courthouse next month.

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