Historic events collide at the site of Woolworth building


Mario Salas remembers tense times in 1960 when he was 10 and heard African-Americans talk about pushing for integration of whites-only lunch counters in San Antonio, even organizing demonstrations if need be.

“At that time, there was not a single restaurant in downtown San Antonio where a black person could be served,” said Salas, who is Mexican and African-American.

A few weeks later, the lunch counter in the Woolworth store on Alamo Plaza was among the first in the city to break the color barrier — and do so peacefully.

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