In 1960, under the threat of a protest march on the Las Vegas Strip against racial discrimination by Las Vegas casinos, then-Governor Grant Sawyer organized a meeting between hotel owners, city and state officials, local black leaders, and the former president of the NAACP. Dr. James McMillan. The meeting took place on March 26 at the closed Moulin Rouge. This led to an agreement to unmask all strip casinos. Hank Greenspun, who was to become an important media figure in the city, negotiated the deal. “What happened at the Moulin Rouge 60 years ago. has been an important element for the growth of Las Vegas,” Brian Greenspun said during a video panel on the occasion of the Moulin Rouge Agreement Day in March. The integration took place in Las Vegas on March 1, 1960. The beginnings of disintegration While it would take more than a decade for African Americans to live beyond the borders of the Westside and for the city to be fully integrated, the agreement came years before the national lifting of segregation. The speed with which the deal was reached was proof that the smooth running of business in Las Vegas was more important than external cultural forces. .