Historical marker at NMSU to honor Maria Gutierrez Spencer

Maria Gutierrez-Spencer, advocate for civil rights, gets honored with historical sign on NMSU campus. (Courtesy Photo) JUN15

Maria Gutierrez-Spencer, advocate for civil rights, gets honored with historical sign on NMSU campus. (Courtesy Photo) JUN15

Of the 536 historical markers in New Mexico, only five represent women. This year, a historical sign will be placed honoring the legacy of Maria Gutierrez Spencer, a pioneer of bilingual and bicultural education and advocate of the indo-hispanic experience.

Located on Espina Street (NM Highway 38) between E. University Avenue and Stewart Street, a sign will be placed marking the life of one of the state’s boldest natives.

“She was one of the first teachers for Spanish for native speakers, now called Spanish for heritage speakers in the state of New Mexico, or really throughout the country,” her daughter, Laura Gutierrez-Spencer said. “It was revolutionary in the 1950s.”

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