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Thomas Downing, New York City entrepreneur, activist, and restaurant owner
Medium: Newspaper clipping

Thomas Downing, New York City entrepreneur, activist, and restaurant owner

Thomas Downing, a Black entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and owner of a successful New York oyster house, is the subject of this newspaper clipping, published in the article "Hidden Secrets in History of Harlem" in the African American Newspaper The Chicago Defender on July 29, 1922. The newspaper described Downing as the "First Capitalist of Our Race," who "Saved New York's Greatest Newspaper from the Bankruptcy Court."