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August 28 in San Antonio history…

1874
Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1884
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway is chartered to connect San Antonio with Aransas Pass, a distance of 135 miles.

1940
The river theater behind the San Antonio Public Library probably will be named the “Arneson River Theater.” It had been indicated in the city council meeting today. Mayor Maury Maverick announced State WPA Administrator , H. P. Drought had suggested the name and that the name also was favored by other WPA officials.

1955
Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day, the same day that Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi.  San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term.

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