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March 12 in San Antonio history...

1879
Groos Bank and Store is opened for business.  This building, at the corner of Commerce and Navarro (then known as Groos Alley) is first building specifically for banking in San Antonio.

1917
Headed by Assistant Fire Chief Goetz, fifteen firemen lifted a roadster automobile, owned by S. Raba, curio dealer, from the San Antonio river a t 8:45 o’clock this morning. The car, while being operated by the owner, plunged into the stream from an alley between Commerce and Market Streets.

1960
The San Antonio Youth Council of the NAACP sends out letters to six local businesses requesting that they desegregate their lunch counters.  Harry V. Burns, state youth director for the NAACP, says the plan is to work out a desegregation plan that everyone could observe at once, thus putting no one in the position of being first.  Burns indicated that unless Negroes are seated and served generally, they will plan at this Thursday’s meeting a series of sitdown campaigns in the manner of those conducted recently in other southern cities.

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