Gabriel San Roman
'Josephine 'Chepa' Andrade Day' in Santa Ana Honored Late Activist's Legacy
Santa Ana residents long proclaimed Josephine “Chepa” Andrade as “La Reina de la Logan,” or “The Queen of Logan Barrio,” for her legendary activism.
A voice for one of the oldest Mexican American communities in Orange County, Chepa fought to preserve Logan’s integrity from creeping industrialism, freeway and thoroughfare expansions over the years. She also advocated for quality of life improvements, including a park that posthumously bears her name.
Such a Logan legacy led Santa Ana City Council to bestow another honorific by proclaiming Dec. 16, 2021 as “Josephine ‘Chepa’ Andrade Day” on what would have been the activist’s 95th birthday.
Read more on my latest TimesOC article: