From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Negro Businesses (Lexington, KY)

(start date: 1901) 

In 1901, the following Lexington, KY, businesses were included in Dr. L. D. Robinson's report at the 2nd Annual Convention of the National Negro Business League in Chicago:

[barbers] Benjamin Franklin, A. L. Hawkins, Anderson & Suter, A.B. Fletcher, Frank Buckner, and Howard Miller.

[grocery stores] John T. Clay & Sons, and A. W. Taylor.

[baker and confectioner] Charles H. Allen

[cafes] Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Thompson; Walker & Roberts; Ladies Exchange; Richard Williams and Green Miller; and R. H. Gray, who owned several patents, a cafe, and an ice cream and soda parlor.

For more see Dr. L. D. Robinson, "Negro Business Enterprise of Lexington, Kentucky," Records of the National Negro Business League, Part 1 Annual Conference Proceedings and Organizational Records, 1900-1919, 2nd Annual Convention, August 21-23, 1901, reel 1, frames 221-222; White, George, Jr., "The Color of Money: African Americans, Economic Development, and Identity in Kentucky," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 114, No. 2 (Spring 2016), pp. 161-187.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Franklin, Benjamin
NKAA Source: Records of the National Negro Business League
NKAA Entry: Suter Brothers, Barbers
NKAA Source: Clay, John T.

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