Black L.A. 1947: First Black-Controlled Supermarket Opens

43rd and Central, Los Angeles, via Google Street View

Central Avenue and 43rd Street, the site of the M and R Shopping Center, via Google Street View.

Aug. 21, 1947, M-R Market, Los Angeles Sentinel

Aug. 21, 1947: The Sentinel features the M and R Shopping Center, 4306 –4308 S. Central Ave.

“This is the first super market owned by individual Negro capital, although there have been other cooperative markets,” the Sentinel said. The master lease was owned by Melvin Williams and his wife, Ruby.

 

Aug. 21, 1947, M-R Market, Los Angeles Sentinel

Aug. 21, 1947, M-R Market

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2 Responses to Black L.A. 1947: First Black-Controlled Supermarket Opens

  1. SylviaE says:

    Thank you for spotlighting this article from L.A.’s past. I’m passing it on to my sister who will appreciate it, too.

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