After uproar, 'whites only' Texas cemetery allows Latino man to be buried there

Published March 07, 2016

A Texas cemetery board that told a woman it could not bury her husband because he is Hispanic has reversed its decision.

Donna Barrera was hoping to bury the ashes of her late husband, Pedro Barrera, at the San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas, but claims that she was turned away by cemetery board member Jimmy Bradford because of her deceased husband's ethnicity. Normanna is small town of just over 100 people about an hour and a half southeast of San Antonio.

"He wasn't supposed to be buried there, because he's a Mexican, or of Spanish descent, or whatever you want to say. That's what I told her and that's what we've been doing," Jimmy Bradford, owner of the San Domingo Cemetery Association, told local media.

Speaking to the Corpus Christi Caller Times , Bradford's daughter - who did not want to be named - attempted to clear up the matter by saying that her father's decision had nothing to do with race, but that the cemetery was originally a family plot meant for the descendants of the town's original founders. Bradford added that Barrera had only been a resident for 15 years before his death.

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