May 4 in San Antonio history…
President McKinley comes to San Antonio to deliver a speech in front of the Alamo – the first President to do so.
Due to segregation protests for the sixth consecutive business day, Joske’s closes all three of their cafeterias to the public. The Camellia Room and Chuck Wagon, which are for whites only, and the integrated basement cafeteria which will now be for Joske’s employees only. Joske’s issues this statement: “For 88 years Joske’s has, as a matter of basic policy, conformed to the established and accepted customs of this community. When those customs and practices change, Joske’s will change with them. Because of the continuing demonstrations involving the Camellia room and because Joske’s wishes its customers to shop in an atmosphere of harmony, all Joske restaurant service will be temporarily discontinued. In the meantime, Joske’s will continue to participate, as it has during the past several months, in all civic efforts to bring about a solution to the community problem affecting restaurant facilities.”
Comedian Jay Leno performs in Municipal Auditorium.