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Downtown building receives historical marker

Marker given for landmark federal case

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SAN ANTONIO – A historic building in downtown San Antonio received a historical marker Tuesday.

The marker was given for a landmark federal case from more than 100 years ago. The official dedication took place at the Hipolito Garcia Federal Building and United States Courthouse.

The marker recognizes Ricardo Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant whose quest for American citizenship went to federal court in 1896. A federal judge in 1897 ruled that citizens of Mexico were eligible for naturalization, regardless of race.

The approval of Rodriguez’s application guaranteed that immigrants could not be denied naturalization because of lack of education.