South Texas town abolishes 1931 segregation law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A South Texas town has abolished an anti-Hispanic segregation law more than seven decades after it was enacted.

The law in Edcouch, Texas, banned "Spanish or Mexican" residents who were not servants or maids from occupying "any building on the American side or portion" of the once-divided town. The vote by the Board of Aldermen to abolish the law was unanimous.

The town is now majority Hispanic and one alderman says the law should have been abolished long ago.

The 2000 Census found more than 97 percent of Edcouch's population was Latino.

When the rule was enacted in 1931, a virtual line was drawn through the center of the city. The ordinance prescribed a fine of up to $100 for violators.

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