RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – After nearly 54 years since the 1966 Farm Worker strike took place in the Rio Grande Valley, farmers honored with a special gift. South Texas College unveiling a historical marker honoring those who walked out of their jobs demanding higher pay and better working conditions.
Former farmers say they were forced to drink water from puddles left in the irrigation system, did not have access to bathrooms and were paid 40 cents an hour.
Rebecca Flores, former director Farm Workers of Texas “I ask these students themselves I said they’re going to go onto higher education, that they push for inclusion of this piece of history in history books. Everyone knows about it because nobody knows about it. This is like a first step in getting there.”
The markers are located at the STC Starr County Campus which was a melon field 50 years ago.