Booming Biz: Black America’s Historic Business Districts

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“Scratch Ankle” in Segregated Birmingham Is Steeped in History

In segregated Birmingham, Alabama, a three-block stretch of Fourth Avenue was a center for Black-owned businesses and stores, including the Carver Theater and the Colored Masonic Temple. It was known pejoratively as “Scratch Ankle.” (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)

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