March 16, 1960: a day to remember in 2020
Safety precautions for the COVID-19 virus prevented the Coalition for the Woolworth Building from hosting a commemorative event in Alamo Plaza. However, the civil rights anniversary did not go unrecognized. Stalwart coalition members Nettie Hinton and Maria Greene, who also belong to the NAACP, bore public witness to the historic lunch counter integration outside the Woolworth Building. See “San Antonio’s lunch counters integrated 60 years ago” by Scott Huddleston in the San Antonio Express-News.
Before social distancing and self-quarantine became the norm, coalition members gathered at Bexar County Commissioners Court for a ceremonial proclamation.
On March 10th, Commissioner Tommy Calvert presented a proclamation recognizing the 60th Anniversary of San Antonio’s lunch counter integration on Monday, March 16, 2020. Both he and Judge Wolff reiterated the County’s support for preserving the landmark Woolworth Building as a tangible link to this Civil Rights milestone, which also took place in several other stores along Alamo Plaza and E. Houston Street. Mrs. Aaronetta Pierce thanked the commissioners on behalf of the coalition. Watch the video (presentation of the proclamation starts at 7:32).
The Coalition for the Woolworth Building consists of The Conservation Society of San Antonio, San Antonio Branch NAACP, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Westside Preservation Alliance, National Institute of Mexican American History of Civil Rights, San Antonio for Growth on the East Side, and other interested individuals.