Above Image: Sara Spencer Washington (in panel on right) at Easter Parade on Atlantic City Boardwalk during the 1930's. When the official judges failed to award prizes to well-dressed Black families, Sara Spencer Washington, the owner of a multimillion dollar cosmetics company, paid for better prizes and had them awarded by her own judges regardless of race.
Story: At age 24, Sara Spencer Washington opened a small beauty salon on Arctic Avenue in Atlantic City in 1913. When she could not find beauty products for her African-American clientsm she took chemistry courses at Columbia University and invented her own.
Within ten years, Sara Spencer Washington created a multimillion dollar Apex Beauty Supply business. It included a national network of Apex shops, beauty schools, and the popular Apex magazine. When Blacks were denied access to local country clubs, she worked with Leo Fraser, a local golf pro to build her own Apex Golf Course and country club in Pomona, New Jersey that was open to all races. Sources: njwomenshistory.org/biographies and www.pomonagolfcourse.co
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