The bar at the Palm Tavern, a Negro restaurant on 47th Street
|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.
Museum Purchase, 2003