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Thad Lincoln Tate Family circa 1907

Object Year: 
Verdie Perille

Thad Lincoln Tate (1865-1951) was one of Charlotte's earliest and most prominent African American businessmen. He came to Charlotte as a barber. In 1882, he opened his own shop, an enterprise that he would operate for 61 years.
In addition to a his own business Tate was prominent in banking in Charlotte. He served as director of the Mechanics' Perpetual Building and Loan Company. He founder the Mecklenburg Investment Company.
Thad Tate's civic contributions to Charlotte were many. He may best be remembered as one of the founders of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte. He helped to found the Brevard Street Library which later became a part the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library System. He was a founder of a branch of the YMCA for black members.
This photograph was taken around 1907.
Front row, from left to right: Aurelia (Midge) Tate Henderson (1900-1997), William Tate (1901), Thad L. Tate, Sr., Mildred Tate Pettis (1898-1983), Mary L. Butler Tate, (1866-1928), and Edwin Tate (1905-).  
Second row: Thaddeus Tate, Jr. (1893-), Maggie Tate Trent (1887-1934), Estelle Tate Tyson (1891-1938), Cora Tate Booton (1892-1979) and DeWitt Talmadge Tate (1896-1935). Inset: Guion Butler (Father of Mary Tate Butler) Physical Description: Publisher: Unknown

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Donated By: 
Laura M. Booton
Image Collection Category: 
African American
Image Collection Format: 
Black and White