Edwin Berry, a creative and successful businessman


Berry Hotel, (1900)
Date: 
Sun, 1854-12-10

Edwin C. Berry, a Black businessman, was born on this date in 1854 in Athens, Ohio.

Berry was often called the "Black Horatio Algier" of Athens. He erected a 22-room hotel, Hotel Berry, one of the finest and most elegant hotels in Ohio in Athens. At the time of his retirement in 1921, he had a reputation as the most successful Black small-city hotel operator in the U.S. (1892).

Berry was a member of the National Negro Business League and Trustee of Wilberforce University. Edwin Berry died 1931.

Reference:
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Volume 1, ISBN #0-02-897345-3, Pg 175
Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West

To be a Financial Analyst

Person / name: 

Berry, Edwin C.