VIDEO: Reflections on Community Part I: Yellow Springs once boasted a thriving Black business district


Oral history highlights memories of life in a self-reliant community full of Black entrepreneurs.

 

 

• Area once boasted many home-operated businesses

 

 

• Younger generations help keep memories alive

 

This summer, the News spoke with McKee, Jalyn Roe and Jocelyn Robinson, longtime Black residents, who shared their memories of the Black-owned businesses their families frequented growing up in Yellow Springs. Memories are often all that’s left of once-thriving businesses owned by Black residents; in 2020, only one Black-owned business operates downtown — The Yellow Springs Toy Company, which Jamie Sharp opened in 2018.

  

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