Quote and Credit

Quote and Credit


Black History Painting Original Handpainted Boycott A&P Handbill

In 1935, a white clerk at the A&P store in Atlanta beat a black customer.  An unemployed father of three, he had stolen a bag of sugar.  Black consumers of the store began to picket and organized a boycott. One demand was the hiring of black clerks.  

The following is from Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta by Karen Jane Ferguson.  "Despite visits from the Ku Klux Klan and a menacing police cordon which "protected" the store from vandalism with sawed-off shotguns, the picketers persisted…the boycott received wide community support, especially after schoolboys distributed handbills in the surrounding black neighborhood urging black consumers to stop patronizing A&P."

The boycott lasted five years and eventually the store had to close.

I do not know if this hand-painted handbill is associated with the Atlanta strike, but it seems to come from the time period.  I presume there were other incidents involving the grocery over the years. There was a significant boycott of the chain in the 1960s apparently organized by Albert Brinson, a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Original watercolor monochrome painting for a handbill, no date.  Anonymous. 
Collection Jim Linderma
Thanks to Curley's Antiques

1 comment:

  1. In John Updike's short story "A&P", a store manager chastises three girls who are doing their shopping in their bathing suits. Even in fiction A&P is negatively portrayed! Based on truth, I'll bet. Don't buy at A&P!