march, 2020

10mar10:00 am10:30 amFeaturedProclamation for 60th Anniversary Civil Rights Milestone

Event Details

The Bexar County Commissioners Court will issue a ceremonial proclamation recognizing the 60th anniversary of San Antonio’s remarkable Civil Rights milestone in lunch counter integration. The proclamation also supports the preservation of the Woolworth Building, the most prominent of the seven downtown stores that integrated their eating facilities on March 16, 1960.

Join the Coalition for the Woolworth Building in the Double Height Courtroom located on the second floor at the north end of the Bexar County Courthouse for the ceremony.  Attendees do not need to stay for the rest of the Court meeting. Please leave ample time to find parking and go through security.

On March 16, 1960, seven downtown stores, including Woolworth’s, peacefully and voluntarily integrated their lunch counters. This event marked a first for the national sit-in movement led by African American students protesting racial discrimination. It also received national news coverage, setting a positive example for the rest of the country.  The Woolworth Building, which appears to be endangered by the 2018 Alamo Plan, was named to the World Monuments 2020 Watch List.



Coalition for the Woolworth Building

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