Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

By Margaree King Mitchell

Illustrated by James Ransome



Published by Simon and Schuster, 1993

Based on a true story, Uncle Jed’s Barbershop is about the long journey that Mitchell’s uncle Jed had to take in order to finally open his own barbershop.  All his adult life, he wanted to open a shop, but one thing after another stood in his way, including the Great Depression, in which he lost all of his money.  Finally, in his seventies, his dream came true and he finally opened the barbershop he had always wanted.

Great historical and social connections to racism and segregation of the early 20th century, the stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression, and other historical allusions.

Awards: Coretta Scott King Award

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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