Booming Biz: Black America’s Historic Business Districts

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In the Nation’s Capital, the Greater U Street Historic District

In the years between 1900 and 1950, the U Street area in Washington, D.C., was the home to a vibrant community of Black-owned business. It included the Lincoln Theater, which was built in 1921 as a first-run house for Black clientele.   (Photos from left: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages, Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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