The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on November 25, 1984 · 2
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2 A , . ghc Atlanta tlourn.il AMMOWHITHA SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1984... "'"' ' i i i -rv. , a n -f " ffi nfifl . -- - w- - .. ..... - n. - liiC Downtowftarea:; remains heart of black community By Raad Qawthon Start Writer .,, , . i? JACKSON, Miss. V Standing in ' 4he steam rising from the griddle of . ' the Big Apple Inn, Dorothy Jackson . plashes big link pork sausage into Something resembling dark, greasy ijiash. --. .Dorothy is a substantial woman .. : - with reddish hair, and today she has ., a fake gardenia over one ear. Near '.her left elbow is a simmering pot of . Vjigs ears. Catty-cornered across the griddle is a pot of pungent, put-tears-in-your-eyes hot sauce. . "Give me Jive smokes and three :i -ears," says Minnie Adams, Dorothy's ' . 'jbehind-the-counter partner, " ' 'X Deftly Dorothy's spatula begins to 1 if ly ; The' crushed sausage, doused : "with hot sauce and mustard and top- 'ped With cole slaw,' is slapped 6n a hamburger bun. The pig ears are -fished from the simmer one at a , f time. They also end up on the buns J with hot sauce and mustard. A line of customers; some-dressed i ntn " .... ' . , . : . KARtN CAWTHONSpecial BIQ APPLE INN: Minnie Adams takes customer's order; sausage and pigs ears are house specialties.' ' .-. ;,. ' f r" - . m 'i4 "-. VVw lytrtl If .H ' n-l I- f I Kf it1 -t-X! ' i .til' 5 "f II I JvlTf r a l,.f -St m If i , : . . . v f f 6 SUNDAY SPECIAL into a segregated area where blacks "owned most of the "property and businesses.' 1 ', in; the frayed garments of day labor- , -,,Two years ago the Farish Street ; ! ers and ..others'. In three-piece "re-'': Historic . District,' an area encom,- . cnMinKitilt, n,4ii in ..Q lina ihlt nQCCinfl ITarich CtrDAt anif iho Clip. . a i n i i .1 1 1 1 1 1 1 v mail. in a 1 1 1 1 . liiul uaiiic . ui mil nil v. v. l uiiu uiw uua - J ' -. 1 O . . . . . , J stretches through the glass -front ' ! door and across the cracked side- ' walk. ' They've all come to the Big Apple j ! Inn for something down home, the f J kind of food you'll only find in this ; i town at lunchtime on Farish Street. i . i Farish Street is the Harlem of 1 1 Jackson. . " ; ; Like Sweet Auburn in Atlanta or 5 j Catfish Row in Vicksburg, Farish i Street has for years been the spirit- S ual, economic and social center of ' "It is probably the oldest black ; business district in the South that is i still functioning as such and has ' ! never ceased to function," says Dr. i J Alferdteen Harris, director of the J J Institute for the Study of the ) i History, Life and Culture of Black The Farish Street area, sliced ; roughly down the middle by its i namesake street, includes about 30 ! ! square blocks of homes, businesses, ;; S churches and offices. - The area was ' included ' in "the Jackson city limits in the 1870s. and i rounding neighborhood, was included on the National Register of Historic Places. "It was important because it was the birthplace of a lot of black aspirations," Dr. Harris says. And the economic pulse of Farish Street continues to beat. Harold Lee is an urbane-looking man who is the owner of the Big Apple Inn. "This is one of the oldest bust, nesses that is still functioning on Farish Street," he says. "We have . been open. about 80 years alto- . gether." Lee is the third generation to own the Big Apple. It was started by his grandfather, Juan Mora, who began by selling hot tamales. ; Lee's father., a legendary Farish Street figure called "Big John," expanded the business and is credited with the secret of its continuing success.,, 7. ... ' ' "It's air in' the, hot sauce," Lee 'says, smiling... . ' r Behind its heavily screened frijnt window, the Big Apple Inn has be " 'ft - mmmm 1 X z , Ki imiii mini ii lit 1 ' S 4 !'4f - ' ' ' - " $$ , :'1 ' 1 . : . :-v:: -:v : A -,i; ; :.-.:: . -v. KAREN CAWTHONSpecial FARISH STREET: Shoppers can find almost any goods in this old Jackson business district. ; : . . w. KAREN CAWTHONSpecial THE OLD SKIN MAN: John Holland, 86-year-old Farish Street entrepreneur, sells fried pork skins. The Iftfill rensus listed 22 free ' Atlanta and heean the Atlanta Dailv blacks living in Jackson. They all World, one of the first black daily cial. Mine is supernatural," he says, cient from the white economic world. , There were, and are, black doctors, lawyers druggists, and barbers along Farish Street. A newspaper, The Jackson Advocate, still serves J the needs of the black community, "It has been an area where blacks were able to prosper and survive on their own terms," says Dr. Harris. When John Holland smiles, you can count his teeth on one hand. Holland, known as the Old Skin Man, is an 86-year-old Farish Street entrepreneur. In a small, one-room store he makes and sells his own fried pork skins. "All the others cooks theirs artifi- lived in the Farish Street area," and some,' such vas' the'; family W W.A. Scott, prospered.; to; kiU. Scott, wno owned a printing newspapers. - " ,, ' -Farish Street, only a couple of blocks from the' bustle of midtown - Jackson, has' - always been a com- -withina - decade it had developed come a cult culinary classic.. L company .. here,. .. later... moved . to .,munity unto itself, almost self-suffl laughing. Holland started out on Farish Street about 20 years ago. He would walk the street selling' his 'skins from a basket slung over his arm. After that he had a restaurant graced by a sign which read, "God's House The Old Skin Man." The restaurant burned, and Holland hit the streets again. It was a bad move - his legs were worn out. : The white-haired Holland still operates from a sitting position. "Can't nobody make them like me," he says of his skins. "I got the touch. Gotta keep that touch. It's what keeps me moving." There is a liveliness about Farish Street on a chilly November after-noon. , ; ,;;'... People hurry down the streets pr knot about the doorways of bars and restaurants. There are shouts of recognition and laughter. Nina Royals, lounging over a cup .of coffee in Peaches Cafe, may say it best for everyone. . .,.,.,.)1v "I'm comfprtabehere.'3t she. says. "It's just home." NEWSMAKERS Godzilla tears up Tokyo in time for Yule ; - p. - n w From Wire Reports . Japan's best-known movie monster J back "Jn ' a new blockbuster,;; breatlptft,tgaKhg"rrayaT apart just in tjme idt Christmas,.',,' Not pnly is the newest Godzilla a : monster among monsters appearing through the screen's magic to be 264 feet high, 99 feet taller than before but he's also a villain again, and not the friendly monster he was in a film made nine years ago. This $10 million creature .feature with the. title "Godzilla," which opens Dec. 15 with a cast of thousands, will pit East against West and bring the world to the brink of nuclear conflict. "A bad Godzilla is stronger," Masaru Yabe, a film producer for Toho Co. Ltd., said. "Anyway, Godzilla's so big he'd crush everything wherever he went, , whether he was good or not." . - The monster which the Japanese call "Gojira," a combination of "gorilla" and "kujira," or whale -first appeared in 1954 in the movie bearing his name. Palooka retires from ring Joe Palooka, the shock-haired fighter who held the world heavyweight title for 54 years on America's comics pages, hung up his boxing gloves Saturday.-- - "- Palooka, who scored the "greatest upset in the..history.. of , the ring" when he knocked out Jack McSwat with a crashing right to the jaw in 1930, retired to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the hometown of the man who originated the character, the late Ham Fisher. But Tony DiPreta of Greenwich, Conn., the 63-year-old cartoonist who has been doing the strip for the past 25 years, says he won't retire. Instead, he'll turn his pen to a newer strip, "Rex Morgan, M.D." Deadly Santa gets the ax Trl-Star Pictures has given the ax : to "Silent Night, Deadly Night," a I Christmas horror film that sparked ' protests from parents because the ' murderer was dressed as Santa ; : Claus. l2 The movie had been in limited re- ;case, screening 'only in the North- ""dm ana miuwtM. ami ii muuu a poor showing at the tox office last jt-v Tri-Star- officials curtailed plans I to widely release the film after its' . poor box Office earnings last week; rr MijlJZZ LZSy hVIv hi 111 j) I M I- Jl $: U " II I 1- n tt7 i - . Tl . j r. Guest conductor BOSTON Mickey Mouse takes the conductor's baton during a concert at Symphony Hall in Boston Friday night." The concert honored Donald Duck's 50th birthday. ' ; ; ' v Reagan auctions Stetson ' President Reagan has donated a , signed Stetson hat to be auctioned at , Sotheby's in London for victims of the Ethiopian famine. The Sunday Mirror, which is sponsoring the money-raising auction, said the gray felt Stetson Is signed on the rim. Robert Maxwell, publisher of the Mirror Group of newspapers, sent a telegram to Reagan thanking him for the contribution and expressing his "warmest thanks". CORRECTION & AMPLIFICATION An Incorrect performance date for "Herod" was given In the Arts and Entertainment section. The liturgi cal drama will be performed at the and beginning Dec. 2 between 2 p.m. It Is the policy of this newspaper to correct errors 01 tact mien ap- ".the Los Angeles Times reported Cathedral of Christ the JCing on Dec. pear in the news columns. Cornc-Friday n. Call 378-3783 for legations to bl T ! j;W 'TwrT'i' x i " III rfy. I , ' : I ; rj :fef ; j Is II I . , A' - . ' 1 1 . r ll I "-' ' " iV. 1 til r ii y!- -'' " . KK . : f : I . . rK:: i--.v;t ml i -iter..-' J U;h--'-. ! II i ' '-', 4 f 4 t iff' - ' - If-: II ' t'; ' : - -rcis iO ir.yr-.fc-Anne klbn r. a I'll 'i .", " ' i - u , i ' 1 ' 1 'V ''''''''''"" : i ' "s t j ,. :.,4 , ' -' -, f ; ....... !v J .l....,... ' I ' ': f ', '' .i-w " ; , ..,. , . ... . . j Ithmr-Wr rffW I ill mil wm n iitoii t -it in-niujir-Li . .P ir- j i i -y.ifir" rtlffrriiftitfiiilitii-illiHtftliVVit rf ' ' i rti ftnmJlmfctufc-f:ltifi iiWiaewjJifcMfcwMiiitii,ftifta- WiUy.OftfcAjW j BEST I INHFRQTATFn CHARM IN A nillFTIYSFNSATinNAI 1(Y)K . An instinctive sense of elegance ; : . an easy air of sophistication. These are the hallmarks of Anne Klein,, this is the turnout. The big shirt in sea spray, silk - charmeuse, $134. Matching shell, $90 Ivory, wool crepe, baggy pants, $140 Signature Collections Rich's Lenox, Perimeter and Cumberland Come meet Sigrid Rothauge, Anne Klein II Fashion Consultant. She will assist you in wardrobe planning. Monday, November 26: Cumberland Mall, 10-2 Perimeter Mall 2:30 -6 Tuesday, November 27: Lenox Square, 10-6 Wednesday, November 28: Gwinnett Place. 10-2 FILE COPI ( 'AVAILABLE'

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