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African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Bowling Green, KY [John T. and Mattie Porter]

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Below are the names and locations of African American-owned shoe businesses in Bowling Green, KY, between 1908 and 1941. Also included in the table are the names of earlier shoemakers and a shoe shiner. One of the business owners was John T. Porter who had a shoe shop on Main Street in Bowling Green from about 1908 until his death in 1934. His name continued to be listed in the city directory business section until at least 1937 [source: p.434 in Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) City Directory for the Years 1937-1938]. Though John T. Porter had died, his wife Mattie took over the shoe repair business and kept John's name on the business. Mattie Porter was one of the very few women to own a shoemaking and repair business in Kentucky. The J. T. and Mattie Porter shoe business lasted longer than most other African American-owned shoemaking and repair businesses in Bowling Green and in Kentucky. By 1941, the business name in the city directory had been changed to Mattie Porter. Six years later, the business was no longer listed in the city directory [source: pp.439-440 in Caron's Bowling Green (Warren County, KY) City Directory, 1947]. 

*Around 1934, the race of a person or business was no longer indicated in the Bowling Green, KY, city directories.  

NAME BUSINESS LOCATION YEAR SOURCES NOTES
Isaac Badgett (b.1843) Works in shoe shop Bowling Green 1880 U.S. Census  
Henry H. Bothis Shoemaker Bowling Green 1908 p.76 in Bowling Green, KY. City Directory, 1908 v.1  
Charles Burrell (b.1839) Shoemaker Bowling Green 1880 U.S. Census  
Thornton Cole (b.1823) Shoemaker Hadley, Warren County 1880 U.S. Census  
Henry Davidson (b.1902) Shoe Shining Shop Bowling Green 1930 U.S. Census  
Frank Grider (1878-1932) Shoemaker Bloomfield 1908 p.105 in Bowling Green, KY. City Directory, 1908 v.1 Find A Grave
Zach Grider (1863-1912) Shoemaker 1 Morris Row 1908 p.105 in Bowling Green, KY. City Directory, 1908 v.1 Find A Grave
William Mack (b.1913) Shoe Shiner Bowling Green 1930 U.S. Census  
John T. Porter (1873-1934)   Shoemaker 129 Main Street 1908 p.105 in Bowling Green, KY. City Directory, 1908 v.1 Find A Grave
John T. Porter (1873-1934) Shoe Rebuilder 131 E. Main Street 1927 p.234 in Baldwin Brother's Bowling Green, Kentucky City Directory, 1927  
John T. Porter (1873-1934)    Shoe Repairer 131 E. Main Street 1934 p.405 in Caron's Bowling Green, Ky. City Directory for 1934-1935  
Mattie Porter (1891-1973) John T. Porter Shoe Repair    131 E. Main Street 1937 p.434 in Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) City Directory for the Years 1937-1938   Find A Grave
Mattie Porter (1891-1973) Mattie Porter Shoe Repair 131 E. Main Street 1941 p.474 in Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) City Directory for the Years 1941-1942     
John Smith (b.1870) Shoemaker 324 8th Street 1908 p.105 in Bowling Green, KY. City Directory, 1908 v.1  
John Smith (b.1870) shoemaker

moved to Lexington, KY / 562 Thomas Street   

1920 U.S Census / p.554 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory 1939  
Ural Stall (b.1900) Shoe Shiner

Bowling Green barber shop

1920 U.S. Census  

 

Kentucky County & Region

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References

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) city directory for the years 1937-1938
NKAA Source: Caron's Bowling Green (Warren County, KY) city directory, 1947
NKAA Source: Bowling Green, Ky. city directory, 1908, v.1 (serial)
NKAA Source: Baldwin Brother's Bowling Green, Kentucky city directory, 1927
NKAA Source: Caron's Bowling Green, Ky. city directory (annual)
NKAA Source: Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) city directory for the years 1937-1938
NKAA Source: Caron's Bowling Green (Kentucky) city directory for...(annual)
NKAA Source: Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) city directory (annual)

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