Historic African American Tea Rooms

Tea Rooms Were Respites From Discrimination And Centers Of Society & Culture

Blogger Jan Whitaker delves into the little known history of African American Tea Rooms. Run by business women and men, they were run to cater to Blacks who were segregated by institutionalized Jim Crow laws and/or racial discrimination –in areas where Jim Crow wasn’t “officially” enacted. She highlights such tea rooms as the Blue Lantern Inn and Marguerite Tea Room.

These establishments were not only places to dine and be entertained, but they were also integral in serving as meeting places for social and political clubs.

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