Exhibit looks at black businesses from 1900 to 1960s in Cape May County - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Lower Cape May
This is a great article about an exhibit we all should visit. The opening paragraph is a reminder of the old saying, "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you." If you hear that, I suggest you run.
Here's the opening paragraph:
CAPE MAY — A thriving African-American business community once existed in the city, but its fate was sealed in the 1960s largely by the unintended consequences of urban renewal efforts designed to help blacks.
And the next...
A new exhibit at the Emlen Physick Estate, titled “The Way We Were, Cape May County’s Once Thriving Black Business Communities,” tells the tale of the rise and fall of African-American businesses. The exhibit mostly centers on Cape May but includes sections on Wildwood, Ocean City, Whitesboro and Cape May Court House. Cape May was the epicenter.
It's a great lesson about good intentions.