Garages & Service Stations

Wright’s Service

Wright’s Service was a chain of Sohio service stations operated by prominent Cleveland African American entrepreneur Alonzo G. Wright in the 1930s and 1940s. Wright was an innovator in automotive services, shaping the industry far beyond Cleveland. He went on to become a major real estate investor, hotel operator, and general contractor for construction projects.

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Green Book Details

Alonzo Wright Sohio Service Stations appears in the Green Book from 1938 to 1947, erroneously, at E. 92nd & Cedar under the category Service Stations. Beginning in 1941, the Green Book mentions “7 Convenient Locations.”

A related, likely duplicate entry – listed simply as “Sohio” – appears in the Green Book from 1939 to 1940 at E. 93rd St. & Cedar Ave. under the category Service Stations.

Portion of advertisement | Call & Post, Aug. 7, 1943


9301 Cedar Ave, Cleveland, OH

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