If I've been quiet on the blogs, it's because I'm working on a cover story about (very briefly) the aftermath of the Brandon White beating in Pittsburgh.
At a meeting of the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association's public safety committee last night, I learned that corner store outside of which White was jumped — a location that's become a notorious hub for violent crime and gang activity, known colloquially as the Pink Store — used to have a much less nefarious purpose.
According to a longtime Pittsburgh resident, the building at 1029 McDaniel used to house Yates and Milton Drugstore, one of five in Atlanta.
A prominent African-American helmed business, Yates and Milton's flagship store was located on Auburn Avenue. Here's some history via the Auburn Avenue Research Library:
The first Yates and Milton Drugstore was located at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Butler Street in the Odd
Fellows Building Previously, it was owned by Moses Amos, who purchased the drugstore in 1889.
Amos, who was one of the first black licensed pharmacist in Georgia, named it the Service Company Drugstore. However the name was later changed to the Gate City Drugstore when Heman Perry purchased it sometime during the early 1900s.
It wasn't until 1922 when [Clayton R.] Yates and [Lorimer D.] Milton purchased the drugstore from Perry, that the name changed to Yates and Milton Drugstore. Opening the following year, it provided employment to many African-Americans and was a meeting place for visitors, businessmen and residents. The establishment also featured an elegant soda fountain which made the drugstore a popular social center. A post office substation was part of the store as well.
Eventually, four additional drugstores were opened throughout the city and were operated by Yates for 50 years.
Seems ironic (and sad) that a location where sick people once went to get better is now a place where people go to get junk food or to be victimized.
Any oldtimers (no offense) remember Yates and Milton at that location? Elsewhere in the city?
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