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The Afro-American newspaper carriers, 1933. Seated: Ray A Booton. Standing, left to right: Eddie Spears, Edna Cathey, David Smith, William Cathey, Gerson Stroud, Addison Yongue, John Spears, Mrs. Martha Yongue Johnson, Reginald Wright.
"I taught all my children to work, but I gave them plenty of time to play. I saw to it that they learned the art of working and the importance of work."
Advertisements for Black Businesses
Advertisements for black-owned businesses, 1915. From: Colored Charlotte, courtesy of QUEENS COLLEGE LIBRARY.
Henry and Mariah Houston
Henry and Mariah Houston, c. 1940. Mr. Houston was the founder and publisher of the Charlotte Post.
EVA C. HOUSTON.
Sallie Phelps and the Brevard Street Library for Negroes
Brevard Street Library for Negroes was the first public library for blacks in North Carolina. Funded by the City of Charlotte and donations from the black community, it opened in 1905 in the heart of the Brooklyn neighborhood. From: Colored Charlotte, courtesy of QUEENS COLLEGE LIBRARY.
Right: Sallie Phelps, librarian at the Brevard Street Library during the 1940s.
Edgar J. Phillips and the Service Barber Shop
Edgar J. Phillips, owner of Service Barber Shop, c. 1940.
Right: One of many black-owned barber shops, Service Barber Shop was located on North College Street.
Nellie McKenzie and Dr. Roy S. Wynn
Dr. Roy S. Wynn was Charlotte's first black ophthalmologist, opening his office in 1941, and the first black citizen to serve on the board of the Charlotte Housing Authority.
Right: Nellie McKenzie was the first black public health nurse in Charlotte. From: Little Visits with the Charlotte Cooperative Nursing Association Highlights from the Report of 1927.
Good Samaritan Hospital and Dr. James A. Pethel
Good Samaritan Hospital, established in 1881, was the first privately run hospital exclusively for blacks in the United States.
Right: Dr. James A. Pethel practiced medicine in Charlotte from 1904 to 1950.