by Main Street Pittsboro
Entrepreneurs from the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (“BIPOC”) community are doing business today around downtown Pittsboro as they have been for decades. But people and businesses come and go. It’s sometimes challenging to recall which businesses were where back in the old days, before everything began to change.
Fortunately, an active and hearty BIPOC business community is plainly evident in this self-guided tour of Black-owned businesses from Pittsboro’s past. Created by the Community Remembrance Coalition-Chatham, the collection highlights all known retailers and other Black-owned businesses downtown and in adjacent blocks.
Relatedly, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, working in partnership with the East and West Chatham Chapters of the NAACP, the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, and other community and business organizations identified modern Black-owned businesses in Chatham County. Their list is available here. Updates are encouraged and welcomed.
With tremendous growth coming to Chatham and Pittsboro, it’s important to remember that diverse systems are strong systems. Support for all local businesses is vital.
For more research, data, context, and insights on Black-owned businesses nationally, please refer to this page from the National Main Street organization.
The west side of Hillsboro Street looking south. The Jones Store is now The Woodwright’s School at 89A Hillsboro Street. Pilkington Drugs is now home to S&T’s Soda Shoppe.
The west side of Hillsboro Street looking North. This shop front may be the current office of attorney Kathie Russell.
All photos of downtown Pittsboro by Dorothea Lange.