William Sessoms and family opened the restaurant in the early 1940s at 1639 Division Street. The restaurant was a major hotspot for entertainers from the #RoyalTheater, Negro politicians could be seen dining, as well as students and staff from #Carver, #Dunbar, and #Douglass high schools, just to name a few.
The Sessoms family also lived in Old West Baltimore at 1919 Division Street, within walking distance of their business. They kept an ad in the Afro and the commercial image of their restaurant was captured by black photographer, E Victor Wright Studio of Old West Baltimore.
Nanny Jack & Co. archives is fortunate to have a comprehensive collection of the Sessoms family history and would like to hear your recollections of working and/or dining at the restaurant. A popular item on the menu for some was the liver and onions.
It's all about the resplendent heritage of Old West Baltimore. The restaurant, the family, the paper, and the community held it down like no other.
Images courtesy of #NannyJack&Co. Archives