Black Businesses

Historic Black-Owned Businesses in Tucson

Blanche Johnson

Blanche Johnson was one of the first African American hairdressers in Tucson and women came from all over Southern Arizona to have get their “hair done” she was also a wonderful social justice advocate for African American Families.

Al’s (Longmire) Barber Shop

Al’s (Longmire) Barber Shop was open for 30 years on Grant Road. He still cuts hair! He began cutting hair in 1959.

South Lawn & East Lawn Mortuary

Maceo Wells was a funeral director and advisor for many African American families going through loss.

Craig’s Beauty Salon

Virginia Craig also had a beauty salon that served the African American community for many years.

The Beau Brummel

Also known as the Bro – was a gentleman’s club that served up food, drinks, and conversation.

Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1994 by Mike Butler, who created the Black Chamber so that there was hub for African Americans to locate and support other Black Businesses.

Michael A. Butler Auto Brokerage

Mike was there to support families who purchased or leased cars.

John T. Anderson & Sons Construction

John T. Anderson had a construction company that he assisted the Black Community in remodeling and construction of residences.

Dr.’s We Loved

Dr. Melvin Dixon, DDS, Dr. Joel Turner, DDS, Dr. William Holsey, M.D, Dr. Joseph Whaley, M.D., and Dr. James Dunn, M.D.

Today We Have

Printing Freedom

Cory Paas
T-Shirt and Printing
325 W 2nd St (Bldg 2)
Tucson, AZ 85705
Dunbar Spring

ATL Wings

Velvia Evans
802 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
The Link at 4th Ave

Tommie’s Barber-Beauty

(Previously Al’s family barbershop)
3400 East Speedway Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85716

Barbea Williams Performing

Dancing in the Streets

88 W. 38th Street, Suite 200
Tucson AZ, 85713

Quincie Douglas Center

Pima County Public Library
101 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

Donna Liggins / Northwest Neighborhood Center

2160 N. 6th Ave
Tucson AZ 85705

Ken’s Hardwood Barbeque

5250 E 22nd St
Tucson, AZ 85711

William & Annie Neal

Black Proprietors

1895 The Mountain View Hotel/ Southern Arizona

Arizona Weekly Citizen – 1895/ Arizona Illustrated /Arizona Historical Society

With permission from Nina Shelton/ Producer, Special Projects Arizona Public Media

Did You Know?

“Our Business Legends Uplifted, Informed, and Inspired…”
Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce founded in 1994 by Mike Butler who created the Black Chamber so that there was hub for African Americans to locate and support other Black Businesses.

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