About Centro Civico Mexicano
Centro Civico Mexicano works to promote the spirit of unity and collaboration in our community, foster greater appreciation and awareness of the rich heritage and history of Latino culture, and enhance the educational and socio-economic well being of Latinos all across the state.
Centro Civico Mexicano (CCM) is more than a building. It is a symbol representing the spirit of Mexicans who came to America with “orgullo”, proud to be Mexican, yet prepared to defend and contribute to their adopted homeland. CCM was formed in the 1930’s by proud immigrants from Mexico who migrated to the Salt Lake City area to work and raise their families. They wanted a place where they could meet together to dance, have fun, and hold celebrations. During this pre-civil rights era they faced discrimination practiced by local building owners who refused renting to Mexicans who sought a place to celebrate their annual traditions and cultural festivities. Centro was founded because of their commitment to perpetuate their culture and to help improve the lives of Mexicans.
Both men and women provided leadership and started raising money by knocking on doors, primarily of Mexicans living around the Guadalupe Mission located near the Rio Grande Depot. Pooling their resources together they purchased the initial property where Centro Civico Mexicano exists today. Adjoining property was obtained later. In 1939, with the purchase of the land, Centro Civico Mexicano was adopted as the official name for this organization. At first a small adobe building was constructed, to be replaced later by a larger, more permanent facility. Here they could celebrate celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo and the Independence of Mexico on September 16. Discussions were held concerning challenges many were having with the English language, finding employment, and adapting to the Anglo culture. Educational activities were held for children and adults.