Former Site of Miles Johnson Dyeworks
At this site from abt. 1874-1924 sat the Dyehouse of Miles Johnson, a prominent African American businessman. Born in 1839 to Parents Jacob and Lucy Johnson, Miles Johnson was a former slave of the Rutherford family. After Emancipation he set out on his own to establish his business. He was actively involved in his church and local government and supported the temperance movement. Unfortunately, the structure of the dyehouse does not remain, but we can still see it in advertisements and maps from the period. Miles Johnson died in 1920. He was well liked by the community and both whites and blacks attended his funeral.
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