Perkins and Gray barbershop

Subject

Work/Business

Description

These are ads for Perkins and Gray, barbershop. Florence historian Lee Freeman notes: "Constant, Jr., a son of Constant, Sr. and Victoria Perkins, also worked as barber. By 1900 he was in business, probably with black barber Jack Gray, in the firm Perkins & Gray, Tonsorial Artists.” In 1915 he opened “a very handsome barber shop” at the Jefferson Hotel, first door south, on Intelligence Row (behind the courthouse, named because of all the law offices that were located on that street). In 1895 Constant, Jr. drew up the plans for St. Paul AME Church’s new sanctuary, built on the corner of Court and Alabama Streets, after the congregation demolished their old building. In 1903 Constant, Jr. was awarded the contract to deliver the US Mail in Waterloo, replacing African-American Ab McKelly. In 1904 he built “one of the neatest cottages erected lately in Florence,” on South Court Street, near St. Paul’s AME Church. Afterward, for a brief period, Constant played in Mahara’s Minstrels with a young W. C. Handy. Constant was reportedly forced to leave Florence around 1921 over his refusal to comply with Florence’s segregation laws and relocated to Kentucky. Constant, Jr. was married twice, his first (unknown) wife dying by 1910 after giving him at least one daughter Emma (1890-1902); his second wife was a widow named Willie Bertha McMillan (1890-aft. 1942) and they had at least two children, sons Carranza and Christopher Wallace Perkins, born in 1915, who became a noted Jazz musician in Cincinnati. Constant, Jr. died in Kentucky in 1942."

Source

Florence Herald (1,2)
Florence Times (3)

Publisher

Florence Herald (1,2)
Florence Times (3)

Contributor

Lee Freeman

Rights

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JPG (1,2)
PNG (3)

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Identifier

New_Barbershop_Perkins_&_Gray.jpg (1)
P&G.jpg (2)
perkinsandgray3.png (3)

Original Format

Newspaper

Files

New Barbershop Perkins & Gray.jpg
P&G.jpg
perkinsandgray3.png

Collection

Citation

“Perkins and Gray barbershop,” Shoals Black History, accessed March 1, 2024, https://shoalsblackhistory.omeka.net/items/show/455.