Black businesses, 1913, no. 1: 600 block of East Nash Street.

Cross-referencing the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory and the 1913 Sanborn fire insurance map of Wilson reveals the specific locations of Black-owned businesses just after the turn of the century. Above, the intersection of East Nash Street and Stantonsburg Road (now Pender Street.)

The most well-known is Charles H. Darden & Son‘s cast-iron double-storefront at 611-613 East Nash. 

Wiley Oates and Cain Artis operated a grocery in the large brick building occupying the entire tip of the intersection of Nash and Stantonsburg.

Across the street from Oates & Artis, white grocer David C. Braswell had a small wooden store. A third grocery faced Braswell’s on the other side of Nash, but I have not identified its operator.

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