Eighteen Long-time Black Businesses to Receive Honor

The Carolina Panorama newspaper will host a banquet to pay tribute to 18 black businesses that have served the Columbia community for at least 40 years. “A Tribute to the Legacy of Black Businesses” will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm.

The businesses being honored are: AP Williams Funeral Home, Angeline Beauty and Wig Salon, Cooper & Cooper, Davis Paint & Body Shop, Damon’s Son Ornamental Iron Works, Frazier Signs & Designs, Glymph & Sons, LLC, Howard’s Garage, Johnson’s restaurant, JP Holley Funeral Home, Koger Paint & Body Shop, Leevy’s Funeral Home, M&Z Style Maker, Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, Outen Fencing, Palmer Memorial Chapel, Taylor Brothers Construction Company, Inc. and Trezevant Funeral Home. All honorees are multi-generational, family-owned black businesses that have been in continuous operation for at least 40 years.

The celebratory event is in concert with Carolina Panorama founder, Nathaniel Abraham, Sr.’s more than 50 years in the newspaper industry. Nathaniel Abraham, Jr., the current Editor in Chief of the Carolina Panorama newspaper, will recognize the senior Mr. Abraham and other black businesses with an evening of celebration and awards. “Black businesses are a pillar of our community. It is important that we honor those on whose shoulders modern businesses are built,” Abraham, Jr. said.

Respected University of South Carolina track & field and cross country coach, Curtis Frye, will be the guest speaker. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm; the awards ceremony and dinner will follow at 7:00 pm.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are available for $75 and can be purchased at

For more information, contact Patricia Abraham at (803) 256-4015.

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Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey is the Chief Curator of Information at The MinorityEye a nationally recognized news blog that focuses on news, events and issues relevant minority communities. He is also an Integrated Marketing Communication Specialist at TME Media Group. His firm provides consulting and training services to non-traditional entrepreneurs as well as corporate, state and local agencies on how to develop integrated marketing strategies that connect with minority consumers.

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