Cesar Chavez in one of the photo murals on the new parking garage in Barrio Logan.

Cesar Chavez returned to Barrio Logan Wednesday in the form of giant photo murals adorning a new community college parking garage.

The eight photos taken by Carlos LeGerrette in the 1970s show the labor leader and human rights activist at the height of his influence.

Carlos LeGerrette surrounded by members of his Cesar Chavez Service Clubs.

“The eight photographs represent and reflect the values of Cesar Chavez,” LeGerrette said. “I want to thank the San Diego College Community College District for their outstanding courage and vision in building this facility.”

The college district dedicated the five-story structure with speeches, music and local food on the roof of the structure. Chavez’ granddaughter, Barbara Ybarra, and many of those in the photos were in attendance.

City Councilman David Alvarez, who grew up in Barrio Logan, said the building is “the best looking parking structure in the city of San Diego. Everybody is in awe.”

Ken Seaton-Msemaji, co-founder of the United Domestic Workers, said Chavez would be especially pleased to know that the photos adorned an education structure.

The $9.2 million car park serves students of the nearby Cesar Chavez Campus, where nearly 8,000 students study annually through the district’s continuing education program.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.