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Ann Street Black Business District

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.

Black men eligible for free hair cuts

Black men eligible for free hair cuts image
Parent Issue
Day
19
Month
June
Year
1998
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"Doers" Profile: Roosevelt "Rosey" Rowry

"Doers" Profile: Roosevelt "Rosey" Rowry image
Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
September
Year
1988
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Ann Arbor Police Officer Richard A. Blake Making the Rounds On Downtown Beat, February 1988

Ann Arbor Police Officer Richard A. Blake Making the Rounds On Downtown Beat, February 1988 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 26, 1988
Caption
Making The Rounds - Police Officer Richard A. Blake chats with Roosevelt Rowry of Rosey's Hair-Styling Den barber shop, 103 S. Fourth Ave., one of the stops on his new downtown beat. Blake and Officer Mark R. Hoornstra are the two 'foot patrol' police officers newly assigned to walk the downtown area by the Ann Arbor Police Department. Blake and Hoornstra officially start their jobs as the downtown's new 'beat police' Monday, but spent time Thursday getting to know some of the merchants and citizens on their beat.