LaBelle Museum Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

LaBelle Heritage Museum’s Wednesday, October 3 Program Meeting at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center at 1085 Pratt Boulevard will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a local flavor. Ramon Sanalfonso Rodriguez, a member of the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Pioneer Family headed by his parents the late Ramon S. Rodriguez and his 100 year old surviving wife Bersabe, will recollect his youthful experiences with Rudy Juarez in O.M.I.C.A. – Organized Migrants In Community Action – and later with Cesar Chavez as a farm labor union organizer with UFW, United Farm Workers, and his hand in negotiating union contracts with some the largest Citrus operations in Florida. Rodriguez later worked with the local telephone company and is now retired from CenturyLink where his son Ramon Rodriquez III works today in basically the same position his father did.

Since Hendry County ranks second only to Miami-Dade County in the percentage of those identifying themselves as Hispanic, this program should be of more than passing interest to the majority, Chicano or Anglo. The Townsend Agricultural Center’s doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the program which begins at 7 o’clock. The public is welcome and there is no charge.

El miércoles 3 de octubre, LaBelle Heritage Museum celebrará el mes de la herencia hispana con un sabor local en el Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center en el 1085 Pratt Boulevard. Ramón Sanalfonso Rodríguez, miembro de la familia pionera de la 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival, encabezado por sus padres el difunto Ramón S. Rodríguez y su esposa Bersabe, de 100 años, recordará sus experiencias juveniles con Rudy Juárez en O.M.I.C.A. – migrantes organizados en Acción comunitaria – y más tarde con César Chávez como organizador sindical agrícola con UFW, trabajadores agrícolas unidos, y su mano en la negociación de contratos de unión con algunas de las operaciones más grandes de cítricos en la Florida. Rodríguez más tarde trabajó con la compañía telefónica local y ahora se retira de CenturyLink donde su hijo Ramón Rodríguez III trabaja hoy en la misma posición que su padre.

Dado que el Condado de Hendry ocupa el segundo lugar sólo en el Condado de Miami-Dade en el porcentaje de los que se identifican como hispanos, este programa debe que ser un interés para la mayoría, Chicano o anglo. Las puertas del Townsend Agricultural Center se abrirán en 6:30 de la tarde para el programa que comienza a las 7 en punto. El público es bienvenido y no hay cargo.

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