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Courtesy: Dennis Spellman

(HOUSTON) — After an outcry from the public, the U.S. Postal Service decided not to close Houston’s historic Southmore Post Office.

Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says the Southmore Post Office sits on the site of a former Weingartens store,  just south of downtown, and was the scene of student demonstrations for civil rights in the 1960s.

“Texas Southern University students joined the sit in movements of the 1960s, marched from their campus to Weingartens, the site of the post office, and it is a very strong part of the history of the United States of America,” Jackson Lee said.

The Congresswoman says the fact that a federal facility is located there now sends an important message.

“It’s a perfect combination,” she said. “A symbol of the federal government being on that site and the historic site being there.”

Jackson Lee says the post office on Almeda near Wheeler avenue also serves as an economic engine for Houston’s Third Ward.

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