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Masterson, E. I.

E. I. Masterson was a merchant-tailor in Louisville, KY, having learned his trade at Tuskegee Institute [now Tuskegee University]. He was the leading African American tailor in the city; Masterson had an expensive line of clothing that appealed to whites. For more see Life Behind a Veil: Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930, by G. C. Wright, p. 95; and Evidences of Progress Among Colored People, by G. F. Richings, available on the UNC Library's Documenting the American South website, with a photo on page 309; and C. L. Masterson, "Merchant tailoring," Records of the National Negro Business League, Part 1 Annual Conference Proceedings and Organizational Records, 1900-1919, 5th Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN, August 31 - September 2, 1904, reel 1, frames 412-413.

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NKAA Source: Life behind a veil : Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930
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