Webcast: San Antonio East Side Historic Tour with Mario Salas
Replay the video: NOWCastSA went with Mario Salas on Saturday, Oct 15 and webcast his history tour of San Antonio's East Side.
Salas, a civil rights leader, author, professor and former San Antonio City Councilman, launched the tour from Tommy Moore's Restaurant on Hackberry Street, an eatery whose walls showcase the city's African American leaders.
The project is part of the African American Studies class on the History of the Black Community of San Antonio that Salas teaches at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Salas and a group of students from all of the city's universities and others from the community "caravaned" from stop to stop, where he lectured briefly at each location.
NOWCastSA also recorded the series on HD video for posting to a map so you can watch it later from your computer or cell phone.
Points of interest on the tour were: 1) the Baptist Settlement on Santos Street Historical marker (Eastern side of the San Antonio River is where the Black Moors were forced to live), SNCC plans demonstration; Mt. Zion First Baptist Church/ Frederick Douglas School; 2) St. Paul Square, the site of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Sunset Station, site of Black Mexican Lancers' attack on fleeing Defenders from the Alamo; 3) the Cameo Theatre; 4) the Carver Cultural Center (John Grumbles - Colored Library Auditorium) and 5) the Grave of James P. Newcomb at the City Cemetery on Paso Hondo and North Pine Street; 6) the African American Cemetery at the corner of South New Braunfels and Montana streets and the Graves of Lafayette Walker, Harold Tarver, Bishop Grant, Lynn Eusan, Bellinger family plot, William Hegwood and Ella Austin.
Other points of interest noted by Salas were: the old Register building site on East Commerce Street; the Bellinger Clinic; Charles Bellinger’s Home on South New Braunfels Street; the Landmark Cafe; the Confederate Cemetery site where notorious racist John “Rip” Ford is buried; ; Bobby Joe Phillips and the area where blacks were often beaten by police; the G. W. Bouldin Home, Martin Luther King Plaza; Wheatley Middle School; the Good Samaritan Hospital; St. Philips College and Charles Bellinger’s grave site at Southern Memorial Cemetery.