As the heavy population of blacks descended on North Richmond in the 1940s, they weren't necessarily welcome to shop at many of the white establishments in the City of Richmond so they began building their own businesses within the small segregated community.
North Richmond would become home to a variety of black owned businessess that included: grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores, storefront shops, hotels, and several popular niteclubs sprinkled along Grove Street and the main Third Street corridor.
Sheriff entering the Kozy Klub establishment in North Richmond (circa 1943)
Do Drop Inn next to makeshift trailer park in North Richmond (circa 1943)
Brown's business complex on Third Street in North Richmond (circa 1948)
Men posing in front of Minnie Lue's first cafe in North Richmond (circa 1948)
Unidentified woman working in the kitchen at Minnie Lue's (circa 1950)
Grand opening of Minnie Lue's new niteclub in North Richmond (circa 1950)
Patrons enjoying scene at Minnie Lue's niteclub in North Richmond (circa 1950)
Owner Willie Mae Johnson in front of Savoy Club in North Richmond (circa 1946)
Savoy Club patrons posing next to wall jukebox at Savoy Club (circa 1950)
Unidentified patron smiling while enjoying drink at Savoy Club (circa 1950)
Woman posing by car at Bill's grocery market in North Richmond (circa 1953)
Ollie Freeman's Jazzland Record Shop on Filbert Street in North Richmond (circa 1972)
Men hanging out by Lone Star Cafe on Grove Street in North Richmond (circa 1972)