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Dolores Huerta Honored In New Smithsonian Institution Exhibit

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Dolores Huerta attends the premiere of Pantelion Films and Participant Media's 'Cesar Chavez' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Diana Aguilera | Valley Public Radio

The Smithsonian Institution is honoring California labor activist Dolores Huerta with a special exhibit opening this week. 

The National Portrait Gallery’s “One Life” series has honored 10 notable Americans from Elvis Presley to Martin Luther King Jr - and now, Dolores Huerta.

The exhibit showcases her years of activism and her role founding the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez. Huerta is the first Latina to be honored in the series.

"It makes me feel very special, but I have to say that I’m going to be in the exhibit, but I’m there on the shoulders and the backs of so many people that did the work," says Huerta.

As the UFW’s lobbyist and contract negotiator, Huerta fought for better working conditions and more rights for farmworkers in the 1960s and 70s.

The exhibit will feature photos, artwork and UFW memorabilia. It opens July 3 and runs through next May in Washington D.C.