African American business and legal figures, Los Angeles, 1940s
- African American business and legal figures, Los Angeles, 1940s
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- Walter L. Gordon, Jr./William C. Beverly, Jr. Collection
H. A. Howard was a business entrepreneur who founded and was the president of the Broadway Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was very active in civic organizations and was a vice president of the local chapter of the NAACP.
(C.) Albert (Al) Maddox founded the Maddox Realty Company, the Maddox Construction Company, was a co-founded Broadway Federal Savings and Loan Association, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden West Real Estate Board. He also participated in numerous civic organizations and was a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Loren Miller (1903-1967) was an attorney in the 1940s. he later became a California Superior Court Justice in Los Angeles County. Miller was known for his work fighting for equal access to housing and education. He was also the editor of the California Eagle after Charlotta Bass.
Dr. Charles Wesley Hill moved to Los Angeles from Arkansas. Initially working as a dentist, he became a successful businessman and real estate broker. Hill was active in the NAACP, the International Film and Radio Guild (IFRG) where he was co-vice president along with Lena Horne, and other civil rights organizations. He was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Hill was also a fund raiser and party host at his Hollywood home. According to Walter L. Gordon, Jr., at some point Mr. Hill simply disappeared from the Los Angeles scene, and no one knew what had become of him. Census records indicate that he died in Evansville, Indiana in 1977.
William Nickerson Jr. was a prominent Los Angeles-based businessman and founder of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, which at one time was the largest black-owned business west of the Mississippi.
George Cannady started out as a firefighter, at a time when African American firefighters were rare. Later he went into the real estate business, and later still he became a lawyer. He died in 1968.
Bernard C. Herndon who moved to Los Angeles around 1940. He was a real estate broker and president of the non-profit Stovall Foundation for community health and welfare.
Edgar J. Johnson rose from agent to president of the Golden State Mutual Insurance Company.
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Standing: Bernard Herndon (3rd from left), Al Maddox (5th from right), George Cannady (4th from right), H. A. Howard (3rd from right), Loren Miller (2nd from right), and Edgar Johnson (far right). Seated at far right: William Nickerson. Seated at lower left: C. W. Hill.
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African American fire fighters--California--Los Angeles
African American businesspeople
African American real estate agents--California--Los Angeles
African American lawyers--California--Los Angeles
Herndon, Bernard C. (Bernard Christopher), 1902-1959
Hill, C. W. (Charles Wesley), Dr., 1900-1977
Johnson, Edgar J., 1904-2001
Nickerson, William, Jr., 1879-1945
Maddox, Albert, 1903-1995
Cannady, George E., 1913-1968
Howard, H. A. (H. Alexander), 1900-1972
- California--Los Angeles
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- still image
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Collection 1867 Box 3 Folder 6
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