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The bar at the Palm Tavern, a Negro restaurant on 47th Street

Date April 1941
Location Chicago Illinois United States
Dimensions Image: 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. (26 x 34.3 cm)
Paper: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

James "Genial Jim" Knight, a Pullman porter turned businessman and policy king, was owner of Bronzeville's Palm Tavern. In the early 1930's, Knight was elected the first "mayor of Bronzeville" - a tradition that continued for three decades and that has been recently revived. With its spotless white tablecloths, gloved waiters, and posh pseudo-tropical setting, the Palm Tavern was a meeting place for black Chicago's political, professional, and artistic elite.

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 117.2003