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Historic black-owned barber shop with murals found in Georgia

Dream Street Sparta was removing plywood from the front and back doors of the alleyway between two buildings on Broad Street when it discovered an old African-American barber shop and hand-painted murals.

The barber shop and mural were found in an old alley in Sparta, Georgia.
“The area was actually an alleyway until about 1909 when it closed to become an African-American owned barber shop. Facebook Posted Aug. 23. “The barbershop that opened on Main Street in Sparta was a prime location, and its clientele included most of the very wealthy Spartan gentlemen.” Not only were they found, but there were also some beautiful hand-painted remains – landscape murals were found.”

Dream Streets Sparta believes this barber shop was a multi-generational business owned and operated by grandfather, father and son Willie Worthen.

Either the grandfather or the father painted the mural, the group said. They ask seniors in the community for additional details they remember about the find.

The current owner plans to preserve the art, according to the group. “This is exactly the detail that sets Sparta apart, and the thoughtful preservation is the kind that tourists love to see and hear about,” said Dream Street Sparta.


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