“Whites only” cemetery turns away widow

SAN DOMINGO, TX (WOAI) — Dorothy Barrera of Normanna, Texas revealed an ugly practice after trying to bury her husband at San Domingo cemetery earlier this month.

The whites-only cemetery would not let her bury her husband there because he was Mexican.

“I told her that he wasn’t supposed to be buried there because he was a Mexican,” said the cemetery’s director. “That’s as plain as I can say it. That’s what I told her, so that’s what we’ve been doing.”

The cemetery later said it was reversing the policy, but that didn’t satisfy Barrera.

“I’m going to sue him and I’m still going to fight for the rights of my husband,” said Barrera. “And I’m going to fight for the rights of the other people.”

A local civil rights group is petitioning lawmakers to do more about the issue.

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