The touristy Broad Street, downtown historic Charleston, flanked by ubiquitous palm trees and horse carriages carrying tourists. It leads to the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon.
Two prominent Black Charleston entrepreneurs are getting their flowers in a major way.
Albert and Benjamin Brooks are having a downtown Charleston, South Carolina, intersection named after them, ABC News 4 reports. City officials and Brooks’ family descendants recently gathered at the corner of Morris and Felix streets to dedicate signs at the intersection in their honor.
The new street sign reads, “Brooks Way, Honoring A Legacy.”
Brooks family representative Kenneth Reid was present at the unveiling and commended the brothers for their work and for creating a bold legacy. “This event, no matter how small it was, it told us and reinforced the fact that these two men really served the community, and the community remembered,” Reid said to WCBD.
Brooks Motel was the go-to place for Black churchgoers looking for an after-church meal to continue fellowshipping with community members. Jean Brooks Murphy, daughter of Benjamin Brooks, remembers working at the motel while in high school and college. She said her father and uncle also helped other Black entrepreneurs launch businesses in the city.
Source: Black Enterprise