c. 1898- after. 1988
Eurlee Reeves (center) was Newark’s only female night club owner in the Swing Era.
She founded the Nest Club on Warren St which was a major Black nightclub offering full musical revues in the 1930s and 1940s. She bought the Cabin LaBlanche in 1937 and renamed it. Big acts like Duke Ellington, Slim and Slam and Count Basie came to the club. Part of her motivation was that the white-owned Kinney Club wouldn’t hire dark-skinned women as entertainers and she claimed to have driven the Kinney Club out of business.
Photo from http://digital.npl.org (Newark Herald).
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