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African American Shoe Makers, Repairers, Shiners - Hopkinsville, KY

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In Christian County, KY, the few African American shoemakers were located in Hopkinsville between 1870 and 1930. Though, one of the earliest of the recently freed men to make shoes was Jessie Hart in Garretsburg around 1880. There were never more than five of the shoemakers at any one time, and around WWI, the African American shoemaking businesses began the transition to shoe repair and shoe shining. By the early 1920s, most of the African American men in Christian County who were in the shoe care business were shoe shiners. There was a combination of employment styles, some men worked for themselves, while some worked in parlors that catered to whites, and others worked under the business name of African American proprietors such as Brasher & Shipp, Ned Bronaugh, and Shelby Carlisle. One of the unique things in Christian County, was the come and go nature of shoe shine employees who were African American. A man would be listed in the city directory as a shoe shiner one year and the previous or next years they were listed as porters, barbers, or tobacco workers. The shoe shine business was not a long term trade but more like a filler for when the men were between jobs. Also, it is not uncommon to see a man's name to be listed only one year in the city directory but not found at all in the census records for Christian County, as if the person may have visited for a brief spell before moving on from Christian County. 


NAME BUSINESS LOCATION YEAR SOURCES NOTES
Samuel Anderson Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher 215 Brown Street 1926 p.43 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  
Sargent L. Banks (1890-1961) Shoe Shiner 308 E. Twelfth Street 1924 p.48 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925 Find A Grave
William Sargent Banks (1906-1953) Shoe Shiner 308 E. Twelfth Street 1928 p.51 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929
; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.116-53-26585
 
Henry Bell (b.1886) Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp 918 E. Hayes 1924 p.51 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Robert B. Bibbs (1904-1943) Shoe Shiner 111 S. Campbell 1922 p.52 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.5447, Registrar's No.200  
Herman Black (b.1886) Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp 113 E. Sixth Street 1922 p.52 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923  
William Bowles (b.1883) Shoemaker & Repairer 625 Vine Street 1916 p.432 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1916-1917-1918  
William Brasher (b.1885) Shoe Shiner Hopkinsville 1920 U.S. Census  
William Brasher (b.1885) Shoe Shiner 121 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1928 p.67 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929   
Brasher & Shipp Shoe Shining Parlor 125 E. Seventh Street 1922 p.395 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923  
Ned Bronaugh (1874-1946) Shoe Shining Parlor 118 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1922 p.395 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.23310, Registrar's No.642  
Ned Bronaugh (1874-1946) Shoe Shiner 118 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1926 p.327 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  
John Buckner Shoe Shiner w/Lucinda Barber Shop 413 E. First Street 1924 p.68 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Reginald Buckner (b.1906) Shoe Shiner w/Lucinda Barber Shop 218 E. Tenth Street 1924 p.69 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
James E. Caldwell Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher 143 S. Vine Street 1930 p.69 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Shelby Carlisle (d.1935-1940) Shoe Shiner 118 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1928 p.417 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
Shelby Carlisle (d.1935-1940) Shoe Shiner 118 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1935 p.357 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1935-1936  
Isaac Clark (1892-1982) Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher  100 Liberty Street 1928 p.91 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929 Find A Grave
George Cole (b.1894) Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp Hopkinsville 1924 p.86 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
George Cole (b.1894) Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher 215 Brown Street 1928 p.93 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
John M. Cole (1871-1944) Boot Black Shoe Shine Parlor 1920 U.S. Census; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.21794, Registrar's No.578  
John M. Cole (1871-1944) Shoe Shiner w/ Brasher & Shipp 119 W. Third Street 1922 p.86 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923  
John M. Cole (1871-1944) Shoe Shiner w/Fuller & McGehee Hopkinsville 1924 p.86 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Ernest L. Cornette (b.1883) Shoe Shiner w/N. Bronaugh 118 1/2 E. Ninth Street 1922 p.89 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923  
Ernest L. Cornette (b.1883) Shoe Shiner 1212 Sharpe Street 1924 p.90 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
John W. Cox Shoe Shiner w/Royal Tailor, Cleaners & Dyers 112 W. Seventh Street 1924 p.91 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
George Croney (b.1894) Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher 1210 Sharpe Street 1930 p.89 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Jewel J. Dulin (b.1908) Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp Hopkinsville 1926 p.100 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  
Jewel J. Dulin (b.1908) Shoe Shiner w/Shelby Carlisle 117 W. Third Street 1928 p.112 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
Raymond France (b.1906) Shoe Shiner 1022 E. Second Street 1924 p.115 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
George Wesley Frazier (b.1874) Shoemaker & Repairer 20 E. Fifth Street 1910 p.324 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1910-11-12  
George Wesley Frazier (b.1874) Shoe Repair Shop 207 N. Virginia Street 1912 p.394 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1912-13-14  
Samuel A. Freeman Shoe Shiner w/Royal Tailor, Cleaners & Dyers 729 Barrow Street 1924 p.116 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Robert Griggs Shoe Shiner 125 E. Seventh Street 1928 p.142 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
Griggs & Herrell Shoe Shiners 125 E. Seventh Street 1928 p.417 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
John Hargraves Shoe Shiner w/Shelby Carlisle 905 Younglove Street 1930 p.131 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Jessie Hart (b.1855) Shoe Cobbler Garretsburg 1880 U.S. Census  
James Harvey (b.1922) Shoe Shiner Hopkinsville 1940 U.S. Census  
James Herrell Shoe Shiner 125 E. Seventh Street 1928 p.142 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
Jewel Jackson Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp 1907 Hopper Court 1924 p.155 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
William Leverett (1907-1967) Shoe Shiner w/Cansler, Jenkins, & McGehee 204 E. First Street 1926 p.171 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927 Find A Grave
George McElwain (b.1895) Shoe Presser w/Electric Shoe Shop 16 W. Fourth Street 1914 p.205 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1914-1915-1916  
Walter McReynolds (1911-1944) Shoe Shiner 713 E. First Street 1928 p.206 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929; Kentucky Death Certificate File No.644, Registrar's No.12  
Will Marawheather (b.1891)   Shoe Shiner Hopkinsville 1920 U.S. Census  
Otis W. Mimms (b.1896) Shoe Shiner 905 Hayes Street 1928 p.417 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1928-1929  
William Morsingle Shoemaker & Repairer 115 N. Virginia Street 1910 p.324 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1910-11-12  
Linard Moss (b.1866) Shoe Repairer Christian County 1930 U.S. Census  
Dennis S. Pool (1865-1932) Shoemaker Christian County 1900 U.S. Census; Kentucky Death Index Find A Grave
Dennis S. Pool (1865-1932) Boot Black w/J. S. Rice 214 E. First Street 1910 p.198 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1910-11-12  
Dennis S. Pool (1865-1932) Shoe Shiner w/State Tonsorial Parlor Hopkinsville 1930 p.208 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1930-1931  
Theodore Robinson Shoe Shiner w/Fuller & McGehee 722 Hayes Street 1924 p.232 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
William A. Shipp Shoe Shiner 125 E. Seventh Street 1930 p.363 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931   
Cary S. Snordden (1864-1924) Shoemaker & Repairer 102 E. Sixth Street 1910 p.324 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville for 1910-11-12; Kentucky Death Certificate File No. 26809, Registered No.375  
Cary S. Snordden (1864-1924) Shoemaker & Repairer 102 1/2 E. Sixth Street 1916 p.432 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1916-1917-1918  
Cary S. Snordden (1864-1924) Shoemaker & Repairer 200 1/2 E. Sixth Street 1924 p.397 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
Frank Summers (b.1904) Shoe Shiner w/N. Bronaugh 318 Edmunds Street 1926 p.247 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  
Stephen H. Summers (b.1906) Shoe Shiner w/Hotel Latham Barber Shop 512 E. Second Street 1924 p.252 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1924-1925  
James Tramel Shoe Shiner w/Brasher & Shipp 401 1/2 S. Virginia Street 1922 p.253 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1922-1923  
Arthur L. West Shoe Shiner w/Fuller's Barber Shop 914 E. Second Street 1926 p.271 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  
Charles L. Williams  Shoemaker & Repairer 132 E. First Street 1916 p.310 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1916-1917-1918  
John Williams Shoe Shiner w/Wm. Brasher 404 S. Virginia 1930 p.266 in Caron's Hopkinsville, Ky. City Directory for 1930-1931  
Roy White Shoe Shiner w/Phoenix Shoe Shining Parlor 110 1/2 W. Seventh Street 1926 p.274 in Caron's Directory of the City of Hopkinsville, Ky. for 1926-1927  

   

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