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Tue January 22, 2013

Restaurateur First To Integrate In San Antonio Desegregation Movement

Dan Anthony began desegregation in San Antonio at the old Manhattan Cafe in downtown San Antonio
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San Antonio's role in the desegregation movement began with a man who stood up and decided his restaurant would no longer treat people differently based on the color of their skin.

In 1963, Dan Anthony bought his father’s Manhattan Café downtown on Houston Street, near the Majestic Theatre. It was that same year when Anthony’s wife, Chrissy, says a priest and activist by the name of Father Sherrill Smith called Dan with an important message.

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