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Smithsonian traveling exhibit on farmers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta at the Park City Museum
PARK CITY, Utah. — The Park City Museum’s latest exhibit is on farm workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta. The exhibit’s title is Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolucion en los Campos. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery organized the exhibit.
Huerta’s life as a civil rights leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America union (UFW) is the subject. Through her activism, she improved farm workers’ rights alongside influential figures Cesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, and Xavier Viramontes.
Huerta spent much of her energy calling for the reduction of harmful pesticides used in the fields. These chemicals caused many female farmworkers a litany of fertility issues, including stillbirths and birth defects. In addition to her life as an organizer and contract negotiator for the UFW, she is the mother of 11 children.
The Women’s Hall of Fame inducted Huerta as its first Latina honoree in 1997. In 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. Huerta has also been portrayed in such films as A Crushing Love (2009), Cesar Chavez (2014) and is the subject of the 2017 documentary Dolores.
The exhibit will run from May 15 – August 8.