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Posted on: April 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City to Host Pauline Espinosa Hall Dedication Ceremony

NF - PAULINE ESPINOSA COMMUNITY HALL

The City of San Marcos invites community members to the Pauline Espinosa Community Hall plaque unveiling and dedication ceremony. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27 at Pauline Espinosa Community Hall, formerly known as the San Marcos Rec Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive. 

San Marcos City Council approved the name change during the April 5, 2022, Regular Meeting. The decision followed a public input process that gave residents an opportunity to submit suggestions to the City.

Pauline Gonzales Espinosa was born in Roma, Texas on September 6, 1902, to Washington Gonzales and Joaquina Cadena Gonzales. Espinosa and her husband Jose Espinosa opened their first business in the late 1930s. The business was a produce shop located at the corner of Guadalupe Street and Comal Street, now named Martin Luther King Blvd., in San Marcos. Espinosa ran the daily operations of the store that served a large portion of the community, especially the Mexican American community. She was known to offer credit to families and donated generously to members of the community in need. 

Espinosa was a well-known beacon of the community. One of her friends was former Hays County Sheriff Jack Gary, who often requested guidance and assistance regarding arrested individuals from the Mexican American community. He relied on Espinosa’s knowledge of the community and its residents. It was not unusual for her to assist community members with releases from jail by placing her property as collateral on the bond. 

Pauline Espinosa is an unsung heroine and a trailblazer during a time when there were few Mexican American women business owners. She is deserving of recognition as a business and community leader of San Marcos, Texas.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public. For media inquiries, contact communicationsinfo@sanmarcostx.gov.

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