Barber Chair

In the early 1900's my great-great grandfather was living in Poland and was only 12 years old when he had to flee for America. This was due to the fact that he was a liberal revolutionary and had the threat of jail time or army service held over his head. When coming to America he left with only a little bit of money sewed into his pocket and went to Wilmington Delaware to live with relatives. His first job in America was working in a factory for little pay and a couple years later he would meet my great-great grandmother and start a family with, eventually giving birth to my great grandfather. It was then that my great-great grandfather opened his first business in America... a barbers shop. The barber shop is special for two reasons, firstly because of its controversities, the barbers shop was known to be run by a Jewish man  and would allow black customers to come in. This lead to the vandilzation of the shop and the threats towards my great-great grandfather. This would translate to my family as my grandmother would go on to protest for civil rights in the 60's and even was at the million man march. The other fact the barbers shop is known for is, around the time of its opening one of the greatest events in American history took place... the Great Depression. Had my grandfather been working in the factory he would have lost his job and I would not be here today. The barber shop and the chair that customers would have sat on are what saved my family in one of the greatest America crisises. 

Place(s): Wilmington Delaware
Year: 1900

– Parker Bronte

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more