At The Shore Today: Exhibit on black businesses wraps up its run in Cape May


Exhibit wraps up run in Cape May

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Today's the last day to catch the free exhibit, "The Way We Were ... Cape May County's Once Thriving Black Businesses Communities." The exhibit highlights the history and prosperity of black-owned businesses in the first half of the 20th century in the Cape May region, including the Richardson's Hotel, at right. The exhibit will be on display today at the Carriage House Gallery in Cape May.

From the early 20th century to the 1960s, the African-American community in Cape May City prospered with more than 60 businesses located in what is now called Historic Cape May. Hotels, pubs, pool halls, bakeries, barber shops and hair salons were among the many types of businesses that flourished during the first half of the last century. In the 1960s, urban renewal programs, part of the Great Society's goal of removing substandard housing - and constructing adequate public housing - had the unintended consequence of eliminating businesses and homes that were in their path.

If You Go: The exhibit will be on display 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Admission is free, and free parking is available. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or visit For gallery hours, call 609-884-5404 or visit

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