African Diaspora: UTSA to celebrate historical designation of African American-owned business

Source: UTSA Today

San Antonio is known for its rich cultural history, and this month the state celebrates and recognizes a pioneer in the city’s African American community.

The site, 301 Victoria St., where P.F. Roberts’ grocery store once stood will receive Texas Historic Landmark status. The store was one of the few African-American-owned businesses in San Antonio in the early 1900s.

UTSA and Frost Bank are proud to support this historical distinction. William Dupont, the director of the UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability, led a team of UTSA researchers to write the nomination for historic landmark status.

The Frost family has a long and storied relationship with P.F. Roberts. Frost Bank founder Thomas Claiborne “T.C.” Frost loaned Roberts $2,000 in 1896 to pursue future business interests.

The P.F. Roberts Texas historic marker will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22. The ceremony will be at 610 Indianola St. at the southeast corner of E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Indianola St. in downtown San Antonio. The San Antonio community is invited to attend.

THE AUTHOR: J Elizondo

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