Title: Uncle Ben Wiley, The Oldest Citizen in Chattanooga, William Stokes, 1890
Catalog Number: 2017.034.0001
Date (Years): 1890
An older African American man, Ben Wiley, has parked his donkey and cart in front of 520 Market Street. A merchant looks out of the entrance of a darkened storefront. A sign in the window says “Secondhand Watches & Jewelry Bought & Sold.” Another storefront window contains a banjo, violin, a guitar, and various other small items. Directly behind Mr. Wiley is a sandwich sign promoting Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. The word “FRIDAY” is barely legible at the bottom of the poster. Beyond is a sign that reads, “Boots & Shoes Made to Order, Repairing Neatly & Promptly Done, J. M. Odonald.” Signs on the power poll promote tobacco and cologne.
“”Uncle” Ben Wiley, The oldest citizen of Chattanooga. W. H. Stokes, 1890″ written on image.
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