July 1, 1863: Business tax assessment for 22 Black businesses

The Government Gazette lists “Persons liable to pay taxes under the provision of the ‘Trade Licenses Amendment Act, 1862’ for the half-year commencing July 1, 1863.” 22 Black businesses have been recognized as included in the listing. Thomas Whiting Pierre’s tailoring business was assessed $300. His son John Thomas Pierre took over the business circa 1890 when he was 27. Nathan Pointer’s clothing store had the highest assessment of the Black businesses at $2,600.00.
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