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Cafe Raven

Cafe Raven

Cafe Raven

Cafe Raven

Cafe Raven


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These pieces of tan-bodied ware from the Cafe Raven in Huntsville, Tex., were distributed by Southern Hotel Supply Co., in Houston, Tex., and were made circa 1930s-40s. The restaurant was open from 1930 to 1969.

Sam Houston, for whom the restaurant was named and who served as its inspiration, lived and died in Huntsville.

Houston was the first and third president of the Republic of Texas, a U.S. senator from Texas once it became part of the United States, and twice a governor - once of Tennessee and once of Texas.

Much earlier, however, Houston at 16 became an adopted citizen of the Cherokee Nation and was given the name of Colonneh - or Co-lo-neh - which means the Raven.

The photo of Houston at the bottom of this page comes from Sam Houston State University.

The Raven Cafe - known simply as The Raven - was Huntsville's main downtown restaurant, and in the 1960s played a role in the civil rights struggle. The Raven was segregated and made the decision to desegrate after the Cafe Texan (owned by one of The Raven's owners) was targeted for protests. But The Raven's conservative interpretation of desegration was to allow in two blacks at a time. As a backlash to this, in the summer of 1965 a major sit-in demonstration was held there, with some 24 people arrested.


 

 

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