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Finley's Drug Stores

 
 
Finley's Drug Stores Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
1. Finley's Drug Stores Marker
Inscription.  John L. Finley Jr. opened Finley's Pharmacy #1 in 1950. John and his brother, James, established Finley's #2 in 1959, which was later sold to Benjamin F. Jackson, Sr.
James H. Finley, Sr. eventually opened six stores, launching the first black chain of drugstores in Alabama. Finley's #3 stood on this site. James was vice president of the Neighborhood Organized Workers that helped end a segregated Mobile.
 
Erected by the African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
 
Location. 30° 41.718′ N, 88° 3.098′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Tunstall Street, on the right when traveling north on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Mobile AL 36603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National African-American Archives and Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson and Allen Mortuary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Knights of Peter Claver Monument (about 400 feet away); Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Christian Benevolent Funeral Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caldwell Field (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Regarding Finley's Drug Stores. Benjamin F. Jackson was the Finleys' brother-in-law.
 
Finley's Drug Stores Marker at former drug store location. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
2. Finley's Drug Stores Marker at former drug store location.
The building was leveled by an Urban Renewal project in the late Sixties.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 101 times this year. Last updated on June 11, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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