H. B. Kennedy (Grocery) 

Bearden biographical
403 S. Graham St.
Born into slavery in 1846, H. B. Kennedy became a truly self-made man. He moved with his wife Rosa and daughter Cattie to Charlotte in the 1870s. By the 1880s, he acquired the neighboring building on 403 S. Graham and started his own grocery store. H. B. Kennedy became an esteemed member of Charlotte's upper-middle class and was honored alongside J. T. Williams, Thad Tate and other notable Black Charlotteans in the 1915 commemorative book Colored Charlotte.

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Works Cited:

Miller, Ernest H. Charlotte, North Carolina City Directory. Asheville, NC: Piedmont Directory Co., 1911. Web. http://www.archive.org/details/charlottenorthca1911pied

Schwartzman, Myron. Romare Bearden: His Life and Art. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1990. Print.

Watson, C. H. Colored Charlotte  Published in Connection with the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Freedom of the Negro in the County of Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte, NC: AME Zion Publishing Company, 1915. Print.