Historic Tucson African American Social Club Demolished

Tucson is losing a piece of its past. Workers are tearing down the Beau Brummel Social Club on Main Avenue north of Speedway.

The 77-year-old building stood as a reminder of Tucson’s treatment of minorities.

The club and an adjoining motel drew black entertainers and professional athletes when they were denied entry to downtown Tucson establishments in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Historian Ken Scoville says it’s important for people to remember the blemishes on Tucson’s past.

“I think a lot of people think, well, ‘Tucson was different.’ No, Tucson, unfortunately, like everyplace in the U.S., had a legacy of that kind of attitude,” he said. “We need historic places to connect with events. Now that it’s going to be just a vacant piece of land, you just don’t have that same connection.”


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