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Statesboro in Bulloch County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Blue Front

 
 
Blue Front Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 8, 2022
1. Blue Front Marker (side A)
Inscription.  Blue Front was the social and business hub for the African American community of Statesboro in the 1930's and 1940's. It was located on the north side of W. Vine Street between S. Walnut Street and the alley just east of this site. By the close of the 1950's most store fronts were empty and all businesses had left by 1970.

According to oral histories and city directories these were some of the businesses located here. Thurmon Powell was the owner of B & P Barber shop, later owned by James Robertson. Fred Pughsley owned a tailor shop and dry cleaners. John Hagins had a restaurant that served chicken and fish sandwiches. It also had a pool hall. Floyd Bellinger owned B & B Laundromat. Others were: Naths Billiards, Trading Post, R & R Pawn Shop and M. E. Alderman Roofing Co.
Supported by the Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Foundation

 
Erected by Bulloch County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & CommerceNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
 
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32° 26.902′ N, 81° 47.072′ W. Marker is in Statesboro, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is at the intersection of West Vine Street and South Walnut Street, on the right when traveling west on West Vine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 W Vine St, Statesboro GA 30458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vandy's Bar-B-Que (a few steps from this marker); Brannen Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Statesboro's First BBQ Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); M.M. Holland House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Three Story Brick Building (about 400 feet away); Corner of Banking (about 400 feet away); Masonic Hall (about 400 feet away); Old Statesboro Post Office (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Statesboro.
 
Blue Front Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 8, 2022
2. Blue Front Marker (side B)
Blue Front Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 8, 2022
3. Blue Front Marker
Blue Front was located in what now is the parking lot to the right of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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