For most of the twentieth century, the 100 block of East Ann Street was a hub for Black-owned businesses in downtown Ann Arbor. A rotating set of barber shops, shoe shine parlors, dry cleaners, restaurants, blues bars, and pool rooms formed the backbone of Black social life, especially for men. The district stretched around the corner onto North Fourth Avenue where the Colored Welfare League housed Black-owned businesses and community organizations such as the early Dunbar Center.
Ann Arbor News, March 7, 1988
DOWN AND AWAY - Terry Climie and William Rajewski from the Jones Sign Co. of Flint remove a landmark of sorts - the Danish News adult bookstore sign, which hung above the store's entrance in the 200 block of North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. Terry Whitman-Shoultes, operator of a string of similar stores across Michigan, was evicted from the location last week by the owner of the building, J.D. Hall, whose barber shop is located next door. Hall is a member of the Ypsilanti Township Board, which has been involved in a prolonged legal suit against Whitman-Shoultes' companion, Karen Christy, over a bookstore she runs on East Michigan Avenue in the township.
Ann Arbor News, July 6, 1981
Stephanie Vail and Amy Coha outside the Women's Crisis Center