Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wake Wednesday - African American Businesses c1909-1910

I am taking the Wake Wednesday posts in a little different direction for a change of pace. In an effort to highlight the vast wealth of content that is held within the pages of the Wake Treasures Journal, I will be featuring small snippets from the Journal in hopes that you might find something useful for your own family research. I hope you will let me know if you are inspired to search there or make a great discovery for your family story. 

Now let's get started...

As we close out Black History Month, I want to feature this listing of African-American Businesses compiled in the 1909-1910 Hill City Directory for Raleigh, NC. The list was transcribed by Fred Turner for the Winter/Spring 2004 issue - v.14, nbr.1. There are 5+ pages of listings (in excess of 230 individual listings) that include name, business type, and address. 

Included in the transcription:


  • Alford, Nick     eating houses     206 1/2 e Martin
  • Alle, John     grocers-retail     e Martin nr s East 
  • Allen, Jake B     grocers-retail     212 e Cabarrus 
  • Bullock, Christopher C     hackmen     750 s Person 
  • Bunn, Victoria S     nurses     609 s East 
  • Burgess & Son     butchers and meat markets     15 City Market 
  • Christmas S C & Son     hucksters     2 City Market 
  • Clark, Charles C     clergymen (Baptist)     540 e Edenton
  • Hughes, Henry I     barber     223 w Martin 
  • Hughes, Joseph     draymen     716 e Lenoir 
  • Hunter, Robert     harness and saddlery     318 s Salisbury 
  • Lane & Ancrum     attorney at law     4 e Davie 
  • Lane & Fields     funeral directors     400 s Salisbury


This is a mere sampling. Many occupations are listed and many that are not seen today. There are listings for A to Z.

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Journal access is a great perk of your Wake County Genealogical Society membership and a handy tool for those researching in Wake County remotely. Members have 24/7 access to the Journal. With 20 plus years of content, you will likely find the surnames and place names you are researching. Access the Journal issues directly in the Member Area after log-in.

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This content is referenced with permission of Journal editor.

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