- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Latina advocate, who was once honored with Rosa Parks, now has her own historical marker.

New Mexico State University this week unveiled a marker for Maria Gutierrez Spencer near campus.

The educator and bilingual education activist developed groundbreaking curriculum in Las Cruces and Silver City and was an advocate for Hispanic and American Indian students.

She won three national awards for excellence in education.

In 1984, Spencer was honored by the Wonder Woman Foundation with Parks.

She died in 1992.

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