Learn Why Barbershops Were Once Nearly As Important As Black Churches

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By Jon Strayhorn

Black barbers were once important community leaders. The Levine of the Museum South features Charlotte’s Thad Tate in it’s Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers exhibit. Tate was a founder of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte. He helped to start the Brevard Street Library which later became a part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library System. Tate co-founded of a branch of the YMCA for black members.

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