Booming Biz: Black America’s Historic Business Districts

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  • Chicago’s Bronzeville Was Home to Thriving Black Businesses
  • The Ville in St. Louis, a Center of Business and Culture
  • More Than Just Jazz at Kansas City’s 18th and Vine
  • Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, “The Richest Negro Street in the World”
  • “Scratch Ankle” in Segregated Birmingham Is Steeped in History
  • Booming Biz: Black America’s Historic Business Districts
  • The Greenwood Section of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jackson Ward, a Celebrated Richmond Enclave
  • Durham’s Hayti District, a Black Economic Engine
  • In the Nation’s Capital, the Greater U Street Historic District

Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, “The Richest Negro Street in the World”

The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 helped create Sweet Auburn as a significant Black business district. It was home to Atlanta Mutual, the city’s first Black-owned life insurance company and to businesses and newspapers. Fortune magazine coined it “the richest Negro street in the world.”

(Photo: David Goldman/AP Photo)

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