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Tom Marshall, San Clemente

In 1942, Juan Luna decided to purchase a house in San Clemente. In successfully doing so, he and his wife Refugio broke widely used racial covenants, which until then prohibited people of Mexican descent (and other racial minorities) from owning a home in this “Spanish Village by the Sea.” The story of how a local citizen helped the Lunas family overcome this unjust obstacle will be one of several true tales from the past covered in the San Clemente Historical Society’s upcoming event. Several descendants of Juan and Refugio will be featured in the program.

This significant free event is open to the public from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Ole Hanson room of the San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville.

This four-generation local family will also share their firsthand accounts of other local historic events such as the fire that destroyed much of the community center in 1970.

The nonprofit San Clemente Historical Society offers quarterly programs to educate, enlighten and entertain residents about historically significant events in our local history.

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