EDCOUCH, Texas (AP) - A South Texas town has abolished a
segregation law --- seven decades after it was enacted.
The Board of Aldermen unanimously voted yesterday to abolish an
ordinance that banned "Spanish or Mexican" residents who were not
servants or maids from occupying "any building on the American
side or portion" of Edcouch.
The ordinance prescribed a fine of up to $100 for violators.
When the rule was enacted on December 9th, 1931, a virtual line
was drawn along Farm-to-Market Road 1015, cutting through the
center of the city.
Now, the town is majority Hispanic and the segregation line no
longer exists. The 2000 Census found more than 97 percent of
Edcouch's population was Latino.
Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com
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