Albert Block, Corner of Clarence and Dundas Street
Shadrack Q. Martin, London's best known Black Barber owned his own barber shop located in Albert Block (which was found on the southwestern corner of Dundas and Clarence Street).
Backstory and Context
Barbering was a traditional Black occupation throughout North America, a fact stemming in some cases from local by-laws requiring Blacks to serve White customers only. In London's 1878-79 directory, almost a quarter of the men listed were barbers however, many did not own their own business like Shadrack Q. Martin.