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Grondahl: Albany's dashing, pioneering Black entrepreneur

12 days ago   |   By Times Union

Adam Blake Jr. is one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurial success stories of 19th-Century Albany - a man whose rags-to-riches rise is often likened to a Horatio Alger tale. He built the landmark Kenmore Hotel on North Pearl Street, owned a string of restaurants and hotels, hobnobbed with governors and when he died in 1881 had a net worth estimated at more than $10 million in today's dollars. Adam Blake Jr. was a Black man whose father was enslaved, which makes his ascent in a white-dominated economy even more remarkable - and makes his omission from history somewhat more...
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