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Benjamin Drugs

Benjamin Drugs was located on the northeast corner of East 55th Street and Central Avenue in the Majestic Hotel. It opened in the late 1910s and was owned by brothers Jacob (Jack), Mort, and Nathan Benjamin. It later opened a second location at 3003 Central Avenue. Eventually known as Benjee’s, it won the respect of African Americans through its dedication to hiring and serving without regard to race.

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Benjamin Drugs storefront in Majestic Hotel, ca. 1950s | Cemco Cards, Cleveland Memory Project, CSU Special Collections

Green Book Details

Benjamin Drugs appears in the Green Book from 1946 to 1955 at E. 55th St. & Central as Benjamin’s under the category Drug Stores.


  • “Benjamin’s Drug Co. in Same Spot for Nearly 20 Years.” Call & Post. July 7, 1938.
  • “Mourn Death Of ‘Jack’ Benjamin.” Call & Post. November 10, 1951.
2293 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH (First listed in Green Book at E 55th St. & Central)

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