Barber Shops & Beauty Parlors

Allen’s Barber Shop

Manley & Allen’s Barbershop was located at 6 Federal St. in Akron in the early 1920s. Charles C. Manley and Troy V. Allen were the proprietors and barbers of this location. The Howard Club was run out of the 6 Federal St. location. The club was used for illegal gambling and poker games and had been raided a few times. Manley was arrested in a couple of these raids. A pool hall also operated at this location. Fights would often break out at the club.

Allen’s Barbershop was later located at 43 N. Howard St. in Akron. Troy V. Allen was the proprietor and a barber at this location. He was also a former member of the Akron Boxing Commission.

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Green Book Details

Allen’s appears in the Green Book from 1947 to 1955 at 43 N. Howard St. in Akron under the category Barber Shops.


  • Advertisement. Akron Negro Year Book 1922. UA-Opie Evans Collection. University of Akron Archives
  • Advertisement and Listing under Barbershops. Akron Negro Directory. 1940.
  • “City News” heading. Akron Beacon Journal. August 20, 1920.
  • McClain, Shirla Robinson. “The Contribution of Black in Akron, 1825-1975.” Ph.D. diss., University of Akron, 1975. Pp. 177-78.
  • “Poker Players Are Given Heavy Fines.” Akron Beacon Journal. January 31, 1922.
  • “Raid Pool Room On Hunt For Gamblers.” Akron Beacon Journal. January 30, 1922.
43 N Howard St, Akron, OH

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