Clayton Barbershop’s history and impact on Meridian
From WTOK: MERIDIAN, Miss. – It’s no secret that 5th Street in Meridian has a long, rich history for African American businesses, including the E.F. Young Hotel. We’re hearing from the family of Clayton Barbershop after it was demolished along with the hotel by the Young family in late April.
The historic E.F. Young Hotel was built in 1940 and catered to the needs of African Americans. Not only did the hotel serve as one of the only hotels that accepted African Americans to stay but the first floor also served as space for black-owned businesses.
“Dentist, Dr. Carnegie was next door, there was a shoe repair shop, and there was a café grill. So, it was bustling. There was another dentist, I think he was upstairs, Dr. Huff. But I believe these individuals passed away but we still remember them. It was a rich history,” said the daughter of Lawrence Clayton, Carolyn Clayton Jones.
Carolyn Clayton Jones and Brenda Clayton knew the owners of these businesses all too well as their father, Lawrence Clayton Sr., and uncle, Lee Allen Clayton owed the famous Clayton Barbershop located at the end of the lot the E.F. Young hotel. The sisters said it operated from the late 1940′s to the mid 80′s.
Silver Spring Tastee Diner’s Contents Go Up For Auction
From DCist: If you have not quite overcome the loss of Silver Spring’s 80-plus year old Tastee Diner, here’s some consolation: everything from the diner is now available at an online auction.
Tastee Diner closed abruptly on March 22 to make way for a new mixed-use development. Owner Gene Wilkes told DCist/WAMU at the time that the made the decision to sell to focus on his personal health. Other locations of Tastee Diner in Bethesda and Laurel remain open.
The auction truly has everything: from framed artwork, knickknacks, and photos of the diner over the years to less sentimental items such as cutlery, patio furniture, a huge grill or two or three, the freezers, the storage cabinets, the sinks, the stand mixer, the TV’s, wet floor signs and a stack of takeout cups.
Tribe-owned former gas station named ‘endangered historic’ site in Arizona
From azcentral: A weather-worn gas station built during the Depression in northwestern Arizona has been named this week as one of the country’s most at-risk historic sites.
Peach Springs’ Osterman Gas Station was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 36th annual list of Most Endangered Historic Places, the nonprofit organization announced Tuesday.
Philadelphia Chinatown, Tanner House make national list of endangered historic places
From WHYY: This year’s list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places has two Philadelphia locales dating back to the 1870s — the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and the Henry Ossawa Tanner House in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia.
At 152 years old, Philadelphia’s Chinatown is one of the oldest active Chinatowns remaining in the country. It’s home to 40 locally designated landmarks. And the entire district, filled with 19th- and 20-century buildings, is listed on state and national registers.
$2.2 million in provincial funding to restore Vancouver Chinatown’s historic neon lights and storefronts
From the Daily Hive: The provincial government is making an investment into improving Vancouver’s Chinatown’s public realm by restoring the charm from its former glory.
Premier David Eby announced today an investment of $2.2 million to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s upcoming efforts.
This will be dedicated towards restoring storefronts and historic neon signs, lighting upgrades for Chinatown businesses, and infrastructure improvements for the Chinese Cultural Centre, which recently suffered several suspected arson-induced fires in its laneway.