A 1950 guide to African American businesses

Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin 1950-1951


 The first directory of African American businesses in Wisconsin appeared in 1950. Edited by Mary Ellen Shadd, the directory profiled professional, religious, educational, civic, fraternal, social, historical, commercial, and industrial organizations operated by and for African Americans. It also included advertisements for businesses that were friendly to African Americans, including a national listing of hotels where blacks could "vacation without humiliation." Besides business listings, the directory contained practical information on first aid, city garbage collection, and a list of wedding anniversary gifts.


Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Post-war African-American Migration
Desegregation and Civil Rights
Creator: Shadd, Mary Ellen
Pub Data: Milwaukee, Wis.: M.E. Shadd, 1950. (pamphlet 01-5100)
Citation: Shadd, Mary Ellen. "Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin." (Milwaukee, Wis.: M.E. Shadd, 1950); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1254 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1254; Visited on: 7/25/2014
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