Photo Credit: Pilgram Funeral Home, Courtesy of the Baker Barber Collection
Hendersonville had Black entrepreneurs who worked hard and owned their own businesses
Black-owned Businesses 1865-1900
While there were a few skilled African-American tradesmen in the years after the Civil War, most Blacks were farmers.
Black-owned Businesses 1900-1950
Between 1900 and 1970 local African-Americans owned businesses such as cafes, laundries, sweet shops, beauty shops, guest houses, a taxi service, a mortuary and a paving company.
John Markley and his sons were well-known African-American blacksmiths in Flat Rock from 1877 until the early 1900’s. https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20130217/News/606022456/HT ...Read More
Robert Quinn wired local theaters and churches in the 1930’s. This interview with his wife was done in 1939 through ...Read More
The Landina Guest House was one of many Black-owned businesses that served the Black community in the days of segregation ...Read More
Alma Logan Avery sold vegetables she grew on her farm in Lake Lure at the Tailgate market. https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20040705/News/606053642/HT ...Read More
Henderson County’s Black middle class, through diligent efforts, made an independent living through their own enterprises and stand out for their ...Read More
Farming was by far the preferred way to gain financial stability for Blacks during the antebellum period. Only eight people ...Read More
1900-1920 By 1910, 46 Blacks owned at least 30 acres of land with three of these farmers owning 100 acres ...Read More
The period from 1950 through 1965 brought change to Henderson County. The transition from the injustices of segregation to the ...Read More
Oak Creste George L. and Lavinia M. Potts first lived in a cabin George built on land he owned on ...Read More