Alexandria Black Businesses 1876-1877

Black Barbers
Courtesy of the Valentine Richmond History Center - Barber Shop

African American businesses were in Alexandria, Virginia prior and after the civil war. African Americans were Barbers, Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights. There was a Boarding House, Boot and Shoe Dealerships, Butcher business, Oysters & Fish business, Produce & Provisions business, Saloons, a Variety Store, and Wood and Coal businesses.

Some African American businesses were overlooked because they were not identified by race in the Business section of the City Directory for whatever reason. Listed are the people, their occupations and locations for the year 1876-1877 in the Alexandria City Directory.

Barbers and Hairdressers
William Diggs – 80 N Fairfax Street
Thomas E Dulany – 124 King Street
Benj T Dutton – 21 Union Street
Washington Fisher – 154 King Street
William D Green – Royal near Cameron
George T King – Cameron corner Henry
Madella & Palmer – 202 King Street
Herbert P Tancil – 68½ Prince Street
William Triplett II, 8 South Royal Street
Arthur White, 222 King Street

Blacksmiths & Wheelwrights
George P Douglas – Royal and Canal basin
Robert Jenkins – Union corner Duke
Strother Moten – 11 South Lee Street
Andrew Poindexter – Lee near Queen
George W Simms – Columbus near Gibbon
W H Valentine – West end Duke Street

Boarding House
G A Lumpkins – 179 King Street

Boot & Shoe Dealers
Edmond Fry – 105 South Royal Street
Robert Gaines – 109 South Washington Street
John Hackley – Payne corner Cameron
Fenton Harris – 211 Queen Street
French Jackson – Princess near Royal
Isaac Johnson – St. Asaph near Cameron
G A Lumpkins – 179 King Street
Redman & Webb – 135 Cameron Street
John H Webb – Queen near Alfred

William Gray – stall 14 Market house

Oysters, Fish & c
John F Chinn – 268 King Street

Produce & Provisions
Cecelia Rowe – stall 27 vegetable Market
Henry Woodson – stall vegetable Market

Henry Anderson – 200 King Street
William H. Morgan II – Union corner Princess

Variety Store
Samuel Keath – 187 Duke Street

Wood & Coal
S K Lee – Gibbon corner Columbus and Gibbon near Fairfax
A S Perpener – Columbus near King and 182 Duke

Author: cmb12

Char McCargo-Bah is the owner/founder of FindingthingsforU, LLC. She is a professional genealogist, researcher consultant, lecturer, teacher and author coach. She is the author of two books and you can find those books on by putting search on her name. She became a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014.

4 thoughts on “Alexandria Black Businesses 1876-1877”

  1. My great- grandfather William Dulany was a barber who lived and worked in Alexandria, VA. Where would I go to learn more about him? I know he worked for President Theodore Roosevelt as a barber.


    1. Monica,

      Thanks for your inquiry. I recommend a full genealogy on your great-grandfather William Dulany. Which includes censuses, vital statistics, newspaper articles, taxes, business licenses, taxes, deeds, probate records, presidential papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, and etc.


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