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Little Harlem Hotel

 
 
Little Harlem Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
1. Little Harlem Hotel Marker
Inscription.  In 1934 Ann Montgomery converted her ice cream parlor and Oriental Billiard Parlor on this site into the Little Harlem Hotel. Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, Della Reese, Sarah Vaughn and many others performed and stayed here when downtown hotels were segregated. Many entertainers returned in later years to dine and mingle with regular patrons, and heavyweight champion boxer Joe Louis stayed overnight when he was in Buffalo. Famous for its Chinese food and decor, the club was one of the oldest African American businesses in Buffalo and a favorite meeting place for African American political and business leaders. The building was destroyed by fire in 1993.
 
Erected 1999 by Buffalo State College, the Family of George A. Holt, Sr., Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
 
Location. 42° 53.152′ N, 78° 52.071′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Michigan
Little Harlem Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, July 4, 2014
2. Little Harlem Hotel Marker
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Avenue south of Broadway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 494-496 Michigan Ave, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Melting Pot (a few steps from this marker); Moving North (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan Avenue Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Michigan Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary B. Talbert (within shouting distance of this marker); Colored Musicians Club (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of the Valiant Service (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Blasts-from-the-Past/494-Michigan-Little-Harlem. (Submitted on July 15, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Southward - Michigan Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
3. Southward - Michigan Avenue
Northward - Michigan Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
4. Northward - Michigan Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on March 6, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 19, 2022