From the archives of The Daily News for February 7:

  • In 1914, Rabbi Henry Cohen’s proposal for a clearing house for dispensing charity received a boost when the Galveston Commercial Association endorsed it. The clearing house would not give out any money, but would take residents’ applicationswhich would be provided to local charities, which would then provide aid to individuals.
  • In 1964, The head of the Galveston’s NAACP chapter, O.W. Gilbert, asked the City Council to hired African-Americans to city jobs in the same proportion as the private sector had done.
  • In 1989, Mardi Gras activities began with the Fete de France, a fashion show displaying period costumes, outrageous costumes and gowns to be worn during the festivities.

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