The PPEP Farmworker Hall of Fame was created in the 1980’s for the purpose of honoring those workers that toil the fields to put food on our tables. Like many other Hall of Fame, our Hall of Fame has its stars in Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Also, housed there is the famed 1957 Chevy school bus named “La Tortuga” so named by its early Bracero Migrant students. In 1967, Dr. John David Arnold the founder’s main role was to drive, teach, and be the mechanic aboard La Tortuga. PPEP, Inc. got its name “portable” because the school bus became a school on wheels. Its motto is Si Se Pudo! Or yes we can.
Today, the museum houses memorabilia of Cesar Chavez such as his ring and favorite baseball bat given to the striking miners in Ajo, Arizona. There are three glass display cases full of memorabilia from Arizona, California, and across the globe honoring those migrant and seasonal farmworkers that struggle not only to feed their families, but the rest of us as well.
This award is a prestigious honor bestowed on those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the enhancement of services to and the improvement of the lives of the economically disadvantaged and migrant and seasonal farmworkers.