Black and white photo of Dolores Huerta holding a bull horn

Dolores Huerta with bullhorn / by Jon Lewis / Photograph, 1965 / Copyright Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

One Life: Dolores Huerta

July 3, 2015 - May 15, 2016
First floor

“One Life: Dolores Huerta” highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers’ movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This eleventh installment in the “One Life” series is the first devoted to a Latina. It illuminates Huerta as the co-founder, with César Chávez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlights her position as the union’s lobbyist and contract negotiator. Huerta was instrumental in achieving major legal protections and a better standard of living for farm workers, yet she remains largely under-acknowledged in history. The exhibition is the first in a national museum to draw attention to her contributions. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the September 1965 grape strike that launched the farm workers movement.

Taína Caragol, curator for Latino art and history, is the curator for this exhibition. 

The “One Life: Dolores Huerta” exhibition is made possible through federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center; the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino; and by the Guenther and Siewchin Sommer Endowment Fund.


  • Dolores Huerta, Huelga, Delano CA Grape Strikes, September 24, 1965 / by Harvey Wilson Richards / Photograph, September 24, 1965 / Harvey Richards Media Archive, ©Paul Richards

  • Dolores Huerta carrying a protest sign and draped in a blanket.

    Dolores Huerta / by George Ballis / Gelatin silver print, 1966 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, ©George Ballis/Take Stock/The Image Works

  • Protest marchers in a parade carrying the NWFA flag

    Photograph of a march with an NFWA flag at the front / by Jon Lewis / Photograph, 1966-1968 / Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • Colorful graphic portrait of Dolores Huerta in a pink shirt.

    Dolores Huerta / by Barbara Carrasco / Silkscreen 1999 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © 1999 Barbara Carrasco

  • A "Boycott Grapes" pin with a white border and red center featuring a stylized eagle

    Boycott grapes, Viva la causa / by Unidentified Maker / Pin / Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

  • Photo of the Dolores Huerta exhibition entrance with an enlarged photo of her holding a protest sign plus wall text

    One Life: Dolores Huerta

    View of "One Life: Dolores Huerta." Photo by Matailong Du. 

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