This month’s History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, was inspired by University of Delaware Black Studies professor Tiffany Gill’s book - “Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry.”
Dr. Gill explores how self-employed African American beauticians played an often-underground role in the Civil Rights movement. For example - having NAACP pamphlets and other similar mail sent secretly to their under-the-radar storefronts.
Gill’s primary focus is on beauty shops in the South, but we wondered if shops locally played a similar role.
To find out, Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke with Wilmington residents and local historians about their recollections of – and research into - Delaware’s beauty shop industry.