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Affidavit sworn by Juan S. González to Alonso S. Perales

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pera0089.jpg

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Title

Affidavit sworn by Juan S. González to Alonso S. Perales

Subject

AFFIDAVITS
ETHNIC discrimination
RACE discrimination - public establishments
RACE discrimination - restaurants
TEXAS Employment Commission
VETERAN
MILITARY
MILITARY Personnel

Description

Affidavit sworn by Juan S. González that says that he and Gilberto G. González were refused service at the Spanish Village Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas because they are of Mexican descent.

Creator

González, Juan S.

Source

Perales, Alonso S. Are We Good Neighbors? 1948. EBSCO Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2

Date

1946-05-08

Contributor

Perales, Alonso S.

Rights

Content compilation of The Latino/Hispanic American Experience Leaders, Writers and Thinkers copyright 2012 by Arte Publico Historical Collections. All rights reserved.

Relation

Gauthereau, Lorena. "Are We Good Neighbors?: Mapping Discrimination Against Mexican Americans in 1940s Texas." https://arcg.is/1C1bbv.

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JPEG

Language

English

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Text

Identifier

pera0089

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Transcription

THE STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF BEXAR

BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority in and for said County, State of Texas, this day personally came and appeared JUAN S. GONZALEZ, to me well known, and who, after being by me duly sworn, did depose and say:

My name is Juan S. Gonzalez. I am native born citizen of the United States and reside at 541 West Mitchell St., in San Antonio, Texas. I am a veteran of World War II. I served about four years in the United States Army, thirty two months of which I served overseas. I took part in three major engagements in the southwest Pacific.

On Friday, May 3, 1946, about 7:30 P.M., Mr. Gilberto G. Gonzalez and I went into the Spanish Village Cafe at 327 Blum St. in San Antonio, Texas, and as we were going in, a lady who appeared to be the manager or proprietress, told us that she did not have any room for us. Whereupon Mr. Gilberto G. Gonzalez asked her what she meant by that, whether she meant that she did not serve Mexicans there, and she replied that was exactly what she wanted to tell us. Mr. Gonzalez told her: "I think you are getting a little too big", and she answered: "I want to be that way". We then left the place.

There were only two or three people being served in the Cafe at the time, and there were plenty of tables available.

Mr. Gonzalez and I were well dressed and we deported [sic: comported] ourselves like gentlemen when we went into said Cafe.

Mr. Gonzalez is also a veteran of World War II and he likewise served overseas. He lives in San Antonio and both he and I are employed by the Texas Employment Commission, in San Antonio, Texas.

Further affiant sayeth not.
[signed] Juan S. Gonzalez

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this the 8th day of May, A.D. 1946

[signed] Alonso S. Perales
Notary Public in and for Bexar County, Texas

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paper

Citation

González, Juan S. , “Affidavit sworn by Juan S. González to Alonso S. Perales,” Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections, accessed May 23, 2024, http://usldhrecovery.uh.edu/items/show/15.