National Register of Historic Places in Monterey County

National Register #03000337: Monterey County Jail 24 August 2005
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National Register #03000337
Monterey County Jail
142 West Alisal Street

This Historic District of five acres and two buildings was added to the National Register on September 4, 2004, primarily because of its association with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union.

Chavez was jailed here between December 4 and December 24, 1970, for refusing to end a boycott of Bud Antle lettuce. Ethel Kennedy and Coretta Scott King were among the many supporters who visited Chavez.

The government of Monterey County regards the building as a liability and approved its demolition several years ago. As of this writing (January 2006), the county continues to deny the jail's significance and has appealed its landmark status to the Keeper of the National Register.

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