AUDIO: 22nd Street South Poem by by Ms. Rosalie Orator Ms. Gwen
22 Street South and 9th Avenue South
Segregation led to a creative explosion of black businesses bustling to “sounds in the key of life” and a unique, authentic, rich culture-full of story-telling, music, BBQ, checker games, and church finery under New Orleans-style porches and structural awnings- which sprang forth on 22nd Street S. At its zenith, in the early 1960’s, the Deuces was home to hundreds of businesses.
In 1962, one could step out the door, cross the street and get a shoe shine at Cozy Inn, have lunch at the Shag, and later, get a haircut at Oscar Kleckley’s. You could visit your attorney and buy groceries at Barco’s store; Dr. Ayer could examine you. If it was too late for that, funeral arrangements could be made at the Arch-Royal.
In 2012, FIFTY YEARS LATER, the Midtown Experience is returning, The dream is to bring back a world-class community with old world charm & ambiance where traditions and new ideas unite.