From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Beauty Shops (Louisville, KY)

In 1968 the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights conducted a study on the nature and extent of Negro ownership of business in Louisville. The commission found that beauty shops were a leading business: Of the 490 Negro-owned businesses, 42.2% were beauty shops, 19.3% barber shops. Within Louisville as a whole, Negro-owned beauty shops were 42.74% of the total number of beauty shops in the city and 32.14% in the entire county. For more see Black Business in Louisville, by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. For earlier information on African American beauty shops and other occupations, see A study of business and employment among Negroes in Louisville, by Associates of Louisville Municipal College, University of Louisville, Louisville Urban League, and Central Colored High School (1944).

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NKAA Source: Black business in Louisville
NKAA Source: A Study of business and employment among Negroes in Louisville

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“Beauty Shops (Louisville, KY),” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 16, 2021,

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