Jefferson Street - Roger's Restaurant

621 W Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508

From the time George Owen Rogers purchased the corner building and repurposed it for a restaurant in 1923, African Americans could not come in, sit down, or be served a meal. Across the city, state, and nation, restaurants, department stores, drugstores, theatres, hotels, and recreational facilities were all segregated. The Black Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s (of which Lexington's black population was very active) changed that dynamic. George O Rogers bought a former grocery store and confectionary at the corner of Jefferson and West Main in 1923. He sold his restaurants in the 1970s.

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