We often hear of the massive boom in population experienced by various Northern cities during the Great Migration (1916-1960), where over 6 million African Americans would migrate across the country in search for better opportunities. What we do not often hear is how such migration affected the larger Southern cities. Such a seemingly important and relevant question deserves to be covered extensively. San Antonio, while a large city (and once the largest in Texas), has been left unexplored on this question, while other Texas cities like Houston are receiving some coverage on this topic. I want to begin answering this question by utilizing a collection of evidence to provide an informative report on the changing demographics of San Antonio’s “St. Paul Square district” from 1880-1920. This report will ultimately demonstrate that San Antonio's St. Paul Square district, much like some districts in Houston, was a hotspot for African American migration due to the various opportunities it provided.
Oliver, Christopher D., "Research on the Demographic Changes Around San Antonio's St. Paul Square from 1880 to 1920" (2020). Methods of Historical Research: Spring 2020. 2.