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George Ramsey – Legendary Black San Diegan Featured

June 20, 2020

Celebrating Juneteenth, Channel 10 reporter Leah Pezzetti interviewed SDHC Historian David Miller, Ph.D., reflecting on famous Black San Diegan, George Ramsey, who built, owned and operated the Hotel Douglas in Downtown – known as the Harlem of the West. This historic hotel became a safe and elegant place to visit during the 1920s and 1930s when many other hotels were still segregated. The Hotel’s nightclub featured famous black performers, including Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington, who would stop on their way to shows in neighboring major cities.

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