The NAACP and Justice Department threatens a South Carolina restaurant owner with a discrimination suit after she denies services to Black government and NAACP officials.
1989 (Oct 12)
A North Augusta, South Carolina, restaurant owner, Rose Salter, announced that she would begin serving Blacks in her establishment. Salter's declaration was made during a hearing before the South Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission, which was considering revoking the liquor license of the Buffalo Room Restaurant and Lounge for barring six Black government and NAACP officials from the premises in early September. As a result of the incident, both the NAACP and the Justice Department threatened to file suit against the restaurant's proprietors for illegal discrimination. During the investigation, it was revealed that the Buffalo Room had discriminated against Blacks for the past twelve years.