SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The San Antonio Conservation Society is behind an effort to save the Woolworth’s Building, and make it a part of the story of Alamo Plaza.

Society President Susan Bleavin talked to KTSA about their plan.

“It is a true compromise. This proposal combines the best of the old with the new to tell the full story of Alamo Plaza. We show how it is possible to reveal and interpret the western wall of the Alamo footprint, while preserving century-old buildings and an important site in the American civil rights movement.”

Bleavin also points to an important Civil Rights event that took place in the building.

During the national sit-in movement of the 1960s, the first voluntary and peaceful integration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in the South took place there.

“San Antonio has not done a good job of telling any part of any story of the African American experience or history. This important event from March of 1960 should be included. Especially if the full story of Alamo Plaza is going to be told.”

Beavin encourages other concerned citizens to to reach out to the General Land Office and city leaders with their reactions to the plan.

You can see the plan by following this link.

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